Sarah Gonzalez, Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, 62-percent of likely voters back Republican Governor Chris Christie over Democrat Barbara Buono. It's almost a 2-1 lead in New Jersey's Governor's race.
The poll finds Buono has 33-percent of the vote—a slight improvement from a September poll, where she had 30-percent of the votes.
“Sen. Barbara Buono has been out front on women’s issues long before she was a candidate, but Gov. Christopher Christie has a huge 23-point lead among women voters,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The poll was conducted before the first gubernatorial debate between the two candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, which could boost Buono’s recognition, Carroll said.
“One third of New Jersey voters still don’t know enough about Sen. Buono to make an up-or-down decision.”
The Lt. Governor running mates, Kim Guadagno and Milly Silva, will face off in their first debate Friday, Oct. 11. It will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on News 12 New Jersey.
Christie and Buono will debate again on Oct. 15th.