Poll: Booker The Early Favorite In Senate Race

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
June 13, 2013

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A new poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters don’t agree with Governor’s Christie’s decision to hold a separate special election to fill the U.S Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.

Monmouth University Pollling Institute director Patrick Murray says 65 percent of voters surveyed would rather have the special October election on the same day as the November general election.

“They don’t like the fact that we’re wasting a lot of money in order to do this, and they don’t see the point of doing it.”

Murray says the poll shows Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan are the leading candidates to get their party’s nominations.

 “We have that race as matching up at 53 percent for Booker to 37 percent for Lonegan right now before voters have really turned attention to it. Lonegan does better against some of the other contenders on the Democratic side mainly because Lonegan is better known that most of them, but he still trails in all those races.”

Four in ten voters say they’re not familiar with Congressman Frank Pallone and Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver who are also in the Democratic Senate primary.


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