Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is on top of the pack in this year’s New Jersey GOP gubernatorial primary race, Save Jerseyans, but name recognition is still king.
That’s the biggest takeaway from this morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind polling results, and it cuts both ways for the frontrunner. More on that in a minute.
The numbers: Guadagno (18%) leads former SNL comedian Joe Piscopo (12%) by only 6-points. Piscopo has flirted with entering the race but hasn’t yet pulled the trigger
“Someone else” hauls in 13 percent, while Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers earn 2% each. 52% of Republicans confess no knowing enough about the current field to make a decision.
“Although Guadagno is leading the field, the fact that an as-yet undeclared candidate with no political experience is not too far behind is sure to garner attention,” opined Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind. “With many Republican endorsements remaining unclaimed, all contenders will need to do more to define and distinguish themselves, and capture the eye of many more Republican voters.”