Gov. Jon Corzine’s has an upside-down approval rating of 37%-52%, down from 46%--43% in December, and 73% of voters oppose his plan to raise tolls, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
“Gov. Corzine’s toll hike proposal has smashed into a brick wall of massive voter opposition, causing his approval rating to drop from a three-point positive to a 15-point negative,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Even those who don’t drive on the toll roads don’t want toll hikes. Voter anger is so strong that less than a third think the Governor deserves re-election. Corzine’s problems are just made worse by the fact that two thirds of the voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in New Jersey today,”
More than half of the New Jersey voters surveyed (51%) say that Corzine does not deserve to be re-elected next year, and just 32% says he should serve as second term. Voters split 35%-33% on their desire to vote for Corzine or an unnamed Republican.
Among Democrats, opposition to the toll hikes is at 63%-31%. Corzine’s approvals among Democrats stands at just 53%.Read More >
Its geography just above Newark's North Ward makes Belleville look like a natural complement to the political kingdom of Steve Adubato, who nevertheless denies he's personally backing anyone in nonpartisan municipal races in this hardscrabble town, with a population that hovers around 34,000.
"Belleville's always worried about me going over there," said the North Ward Democratic leader. "I was looking for a place for a charter school once. I went over to Belleville. That would have been great for Belleville, but they weren't interested."
The specter of Adubato in Belleville's May 13th elections comes in part as a result of Assemblyman (and Freeholder) Ralph Caputo's support of three candidates who have teamed up to try to unseat Mayor Ray Kimble's slate. Adubato and Caputo go way back, to when the latter lived in Newark before moving to Belleville. And, of course, it was Caputo who was part of the district 28 ticket that last year ousted Sen. Ron Rice's running mates, Oadline Truitt and Craig Stanley.
"Change is in the air," mused the new assemblyman, consciously invoking the clear-the-decks campaign slogan currently most associated with presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.Read More >
Can't wait to see what tomorrow's Quinnipiac poll will look like? Political observers say not to count on anything too exciting.
Gov. Jon Corzine's fiscal restructuring plan will remain unpopular. Corzine's approval rating will likely take a dip, although not a huge one. And Sen. Frank Lautenberg's numbers will probably remain somewhat anemic but not too threatening.
The one thing that's close to certain is that there won't be a bump in the Governor's numbers.
"You don't have to be James Carville to figure that out," said Assemblyman Joe Cryan, who chairs the state Democratic Party. "Without knowing it, I assume his numbers will have dipped. I assume that people won't like the plan because the press discussion, in all candor, has been on one point and not on all four."
But, Cryan said, the public will likely give Corzine credit for trying to "deliver a tough message."Read More >
Uncertified results of New Jersey’s February 5 Democratic presidential primary resulted in 38 pledged delegates for Hillary Clinton and 32 for Barack ObamaThis accounts for 70 of New Jersey’s 108 pledged delegates. Clinton won 12 alternate delegates, with 6 going to Obama.
New Jersey has 14 Party Leader Elected Official delegates (aka PLEOs). Clinton will get 8 of the PLEO’s and Obama will have 6, based on Clinton’s 54%-44% win. There are an addition 23 at-large pledged delegates, with 13 going to Clinton and 10 for Obama, again based on the primary results. Each campaign will nominate two candidates for each designated delegate slot; the Democratic State Committee will pick these 14 delegates at their April 17 meeting.Read More >
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute will release a new poll on Wednesday that includes approval ratings for Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and on Corzine’s proposal to increase tolls on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.
In the last Quinnipiac poll, released on December 11, 2007, Corzine had a 46%-43% approval rating, down from 49%-40% on September 25.
The Democratic National Committee is targeting Gov. Chris Christie as the New Jersey executive begins his term serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.Read More >
Former Mayor Gibson endorses Baraka for mayor if Newark NEWARK - Former Mayor Ken Gibson tonight formally backed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark at a campaign event at the Robert Treat Hotel. "I'm endorsing Ras Baraka for mayor," Gibson told PolitickerNJ.com in the Crystal Ballroom. "He...
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BY Giancarlo Tello As an undocumented New Jersey student of 17 years, forced to drop out of Rutgers University because I could not afford the discriminatory out-of-state rate of $27,500 a year, I find Martin Perez’ misguided response to the... Read More >
"It's incredible, it's a dream. I would never have imagined that I would be running for mayor, but to have Ken Gibson say that, I didn't expect it. Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check. It's the ultimate in street credibility. Mr. Gibson said it, when he was running for mayor, people said that they weren't ready, but Mr. Gibson said 'ready or not, here I come.' I think that's apropos for my campaign. Newark is ready for this." Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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