No Christie Coattails Effect
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 10, 2013
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Governor Christie’s popularity might not influence the outcome of November’s legislative races.
Poll director Maurice Carroll says even though Christie maintains a commanding 32 point lead over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono, he does not have a coattails effect that would alter the Democrats’ control of the legislature.
“People tend to not like the legislature. They think it’s bunch of Humpty Dumpties, but they do like their legislator. Christie is such a popular guy that after Labor Day when everybody gets back from the seashore, it’s conceivable that he could turn things around.”
Right now, two-thirds of voters say Christie’s endorsement of a legislative candidate would not influence their vote.
The majority of those questioned say they want the legislature to remain in the Democrat’s control if Christie wins re-election.