Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s mudslinging, negative advertising blitz has apparently netted the former Goldman Sachs CEO a whole lot of nothing, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
The report found that the incumbent governor now trails Republican opponent Chris Christie 47 percent to 37 percent among likely voters, with 9 percent supporting independent candidate Chris Daggett. These poll numbers, released today, represent a change from the Connecticut university’s last poll, which found Mr. Christie leading Gov. Corzine 46 percent to 40 percent among likely voters on Aug. 11.
The swing towards Mr. Christie comes in the wake of weeks of negative attacks ads from the Corzine campaign, mainly targeting Mr. Christie for his relationship with former President George W. Bush, as well as for alleged ethical miscues such as neglecting to report a $46,000 loan to a U.S. Attorney’s office associate on state disclosure forms, and for racking up dozens of traffic tickets.
But the results of the ad campaign are clearly mixed, at best, according to Quinnipiac.
Out of the 77 percent of New Jersey likely voters who have seen ads criticizing Christie for his ties to former President George W. Bush, 56 percent say the ads are unfair, while only 36 percent say they are a legitimate campaign issue.
“Just about everyone has seen Gov. Jon Corzine’s TV ads knocking Christopher Christie’s ties to the Bush team, but most question whether it’s a legitimate issue. ‘Unfair,’ they say,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.
A recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll had better news for Gov. Corzine, with Mr. Christie leading by only five points, although that spread is about the same as another FDU poll from a few weeks ago.