NJ: Christie and Booker Both Hold Commanding Leads
Two of the significant elections taking place this year are the New Jersey gubernatorial race and the New Jersey special Senate election. Neither looks like it will be very competitive, according to Quinnipiac.
In the governor’s race, Chris Christie (R) is on track to easily win re-election. According to Quinnipiac, Christie has a commanding 30 point lead over Democrat Barbara Buono. The race is currently Christie at 59 percent to Buono at 29 percent. Christie’s favorable numbers are truly impressive for a Republican governor in a blue state. The poll found 63 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of him, compared to only 27 who hold an unfavorable opinion.
Now that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has officially entered the senate race, he is the clear favorite in both the Democratic primary and the general election. In the primary, Booker is already polling at 53 percent compared to Rep. Rush Holt, who is at only 10 percent, and Rep. Frank Pallone, who gets 9 percent.
Assuming Booker wins the primary, he would also have a commanding lead in the general. In a potential general election matchup against Republican Steve Lonegan, Booker gets 54 percent, while Lonegan gets only 27 percent.
Currently the special Senate race is Booker’s to lose.