From Angela Delli Santi at the Courier-Post.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine has drawn the wrath of a record number of New Jerseyans, according to a new poll that suggests voter disgust over the faltering economy could upend the Democratic incumbent's re-election effort.
In a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday, 54 percent disapprove of the incumbent governor's job performance, compared to 37 percent who approve. That's the worst showing in 13 years of New Jersey polling by Quinnipiac. Some 55 percent say Corzine does not deserve to be re-elected.
Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said the dismal economy has left Corzine vulnerable to a re-election challenge.
Only a third of voters polled approve of the way Corzine, a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, is handling the economy; nearly 60 percent disapprove."
The economy is killing Corzine's approval rating in New Jersey so much that he is vulnerable not only to a strong challenger such as Chris Christie but a lesser-known Republican such as Steve Lonegan," Richards said.
The poll has Corzine trailing Christie, the former U.S. attorney and Republican front-runner, 45 percent to 38 percent, and tying conservative Lonegan at 41 percent.