Following the final weekend of campaigning, which included a stop in Glen Ridge and an incident where Gov. Chris Christie gets into an argument with a teacher at a rally in Somers Point (the teacher has penned a response in her blog), his lead over state Sen. Barbara Buono has grown to 36 points among likely voters, up 10 points in the last month, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. A Monmouth University Poll also has Christie with a 20-point lead over Buono.
And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher pic.twitter.com/YyLsoJVTWQ
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“Over the past month, Christie’s campaign appears to have convinced more Democrats to abandon Buono,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Whether Democrats are switching to Christie or just planning to stay home, the small gains Buono had made with her party base over previous months have been reversed. The risk is great for Democrats up and down the ballot if uninspired party faithful fail to turn out.”
Minimum Wage Increase
Voters continue to favor overwhelmingly a constitutional amendment raising the state’s minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25 per hour, 68 percent to 30 percent.
According to the Rutgers-Eagleton, 56 percent of Christie voters favor the amendment despite his opposition – down six points since September. Ninety-one percent of Buono’s backers favor the increase. Women are stronger supporters than men, 72 percent versus 63 percent. A 12-point gap in support exists between the lowest and highest income brackets, though 59 percent in the highest income bracket still support the measure.
“It seems that despite the lack of enthusiasm by Democrats for voting in this election, the minimum wage amendment will pass,” said Redlawsk. “Almost all Democrats will support it, and enough independents agree to likely put it over the top.”