Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Quinnipiac and FDU: Christie Holding His Lead

The August angst over Chris Christie's loan to Michele Brown, his driving record, his conversations with Karl Rove has had no impact on the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Chris Christie has maintained his lead in the Quinnipiac and FDU polls conducted last week.

Peter Wooley of the FDU poll says, “The Republican appears to be in pretty good shape headed into Labor Day,” said Woolley. “The question is whether he has peaked while Corzine still has voters to win over.” Peaked? As Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine has been whining about, Christie has barely started his campaign.

Knowing that they are going to be heavily outspent, the Christie campaign has wisely held on to its money for when it really matters...the next two months. Mulshine asks, "Why won't Christie put up a fight?" Fight what? Everyone knows what a dismal record Corzine has and Christie points out specifics of that failed record constantly. Fight the negative smears over trivia? Voters don't care about them and are sick of the negative ads.

Christie Campaign manager Bill Stepien reacted to the polls with the following statement:

"Governor Corzine has gotten used to throwing his Wall Street millions behind baseless and slanderous attack ads. This year with the highest property taxes in the country, 9.3% unemployment and 200,000 lost jobs last year alone, the people of New Jersey are saying enough is enough. Chris is leading this race because he offers solutions to struggling New Jerseyans while Jon Corzine has tried to mask his miserable record with even more of his angry, partisan rhetoric.

The stakes are too high when hard working families can barely make ends meet and Jon Corzine's campaign has belittled and insulted the challenges so many in our state are facing. Today's polls make clear that voters want change and they're going to start by changing governors."

Those who say that Christie has not offered solutions are either lazy or they are not paying attention. Probably both. Here they are: 88 ways Chris Christie will fix New Jersey. The frustration for the media and pundits with Christie's plans is that they don't translate well into sound bites.

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