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Christie way ahead, but voters want more help on jobs, taxes

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Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election effort got more good polling news this morning, though many voters say they wish he’d spend more time on taxes and jobs.

A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out this morning shows Christie leading his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Edison), by 30 percentage points, 57 percent to 27 percent.

However, 8 in 10 voters expect Christie to win the race, including 61 percent of Buono supporters.

Still, the poll showed some tightening. Christie lost six points while Buono gained six points over the past two months. Christie’s lead has also decreased since February, when he held a 42-point advantage.

“While Christie maintains a large lead, some tightening is all but inevitable, since we expect most Democrats to vote the party line in November,” said David Redlawsk, director of the poll and a political science professor at Rutgers University. “But unless Buono can make gains among independents and also get Democrats energized, she is going to have a long road ahead.”

Taxes and jobs came out as the top concerns among registered voters, and most say Christie isn’t spending enough time on either. For those labeling taxes as their top concern, 61 percent said Christie is spending too little time on the issue. For those choosing jobs, 59 percent wish the governor spent more time on the problem. Still, the poll found Christie maintains a lead over Buono in both of those groups of voters.

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