A longer time reader points to why Christie’s falling short …
Christie’s challenge is that his campaign was constructed around a critique of Corzine. He’s hammered away, hitting him again and again. And he’s landed some solid blows.
But as election day draws nigh, he’s suddenly discovered that it wasn’t quite enough. And he has absolutely no positive case for office to close the deal.
Corzine is outspending him by a massive margin, saturating the airwaves with ads. Democrats dominate the voter rolls, lending the governor a structural advantage. Some voters, disgusted with both major candidates, are defecting to third-party rivals; others will probably stay home. Christie needs their votes, but he’s got nothing affirmative to offer them.
When the poll was released, Christie downplayed its import by saying: “I’m out there everyday and I don’t feel it. It’s time to kick Jon Corzine out. That’s the message people are giving me.” He’s probably right about their loathing for Corzine. But he’s failed to convince enough of them that he’d be a better choice. And, as the campaign enters its final month, more and more of them will decide to hold their noses and choose the lesser of two evils. The Christie campaign has peaked.