A Quinnipiac poll released this morning has Chris Christie leading Jon Corzine 50%-40% in the race for the NJ Governor's office. Christie's lead among unaffiliated voters is 24%
The poll is more an indication of Corzine's weakness than it is of Christie's strength. Almost half of those polled said they don't know enough about Christie to form an opinion of him.
Look for Corzine to spend heavily over the summer to define Christie as a habitat-destroying, woman-hating tool of the gun lobby, in an effort to bring the poll numbers close to even by early September. If that doesn't work, President Obama will ask New Jersey to make a great sacrifice for their country because he needs Corzine to solve an apocalyptic crisis or to become Secretary of Toll Roads. Then Newark Mayor Cory Booker will become the Democratic nominee.
Despite his early lead, Christie faces a formidable challenge. He must define himself to voters favorably without the benefit of Corzine's millions. The dilemma for Christie is that the better he does against Corzine over the summer, the less likely he is to face Corzine in the fall.
There is no game plan to defeat Booker. Ask any Republican how to beat Booker in the fall. The answer is either a blank stare or "Corzine will never drop out." Wishful thinking.
Christie and the NJ GOP need to dig out their old Boy Scout handbooks and Be Prepared.