Christie's NJ Lead Shrinks After Corzine's Weight Ads

He's now up by only 1 point in the latest polls
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2009 5:50 PM CDT
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, left, Republican challenger Chris Christie, right, and Independent candidate Chris Daggett stand in a television studio Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in Trenton, N.J.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – Gov. Jon Corzine's strategy of running an ad that calls attention to challenger Chris Christie’s girth may be paying off: 19% of New Jersey voters said Christie’s weight made them less likely to vote for him, while 11% said it was a “legitimate campaign issue,” a new poll shows. While the precise effect is debatable, the race is getting closer: The poll has Republican Christie up 40%-39% over Corzine, a drop from his lead of 44%-35% last month, notes Talking Points Memo.