A new poll affirms Gov. Chris Christie and Cory Booker are in the driver's seat heading toward their fall elections.
The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Thursday finds 50 percent of registered voters back Christie compared to 26 percent for Democrat Barbara Buono. Christie's support has declined slightly while Buono's remains mostly unchanged.
In the U.S. Senate race, 50 percent support Booker while 22 percent back Republican Steve Lonegan.
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“Booker and Christie go into the fall with numbers that can only make them smile,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “The hopeful sign for their opponents is the double digit numbers of people who remain ‘unsure’ about whom they intend to support in either election. For many, their preferences have not yet hardened.”
One out of five respondents is unsure who they'll support for governor. Nearly a quarter haven't made up their mind on a Senate candidate.
The special Senate election is Oct 16. The governor's race will be decided Nov. 5.
The telephone survey of 700 registered voters was conducted from Aug. 21-27. It has an error margin of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.