Poll Shows N.J. Gov Race is Anyone's Game

By Caitlin Millat
|  Sunday, Nov 1, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 AM EDT
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The New Jersey governor's race is neck and neck between leading Republican and Democrat contenders just days before the election, a new poll released early Sunday morning showed.

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The New Jersey governor's race is neck and neck between leading Republican and Democrat contenders just days before the election, a new poll released early Sunday morning showed.

GOP Challenger Chris Christie held a meager one-point lead over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine, 43 to 42 percent, in the latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll. The poll shows a shift from two weeks ago, when the race was tied at 39 percent.

Christie, however, had 86 percent of his party's support, while Corzine only had 77 percent from state Democrats, according to the poll.

"This election will be defined by turnout like few others before it," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement."Many Democrats are sitting on the sidelines and not considered to be likely voters at this point."

Chris Daggett, the Independent contender, dropped 6 percent from the last poll and fell to an 8 percent mark from his 14 percent high two weeks ago.

Independent voters support Christie over Corzine by an overwhelming majority -- 51 to 29 percent, according to the poll.

"Independent voters are simply unhappy with the job Governor Corzine has done over the past four years," Murray said.

The polls will open Nov. 3 in the state.

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