Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Lost in the fine print, below the screaming headline about the historic super-amazingness of our Governor in today’s Quinnipiac Poll, is a simple comparison with last week’s Monmouth Poll.

Obviously, it would be hard to call the current state of the race “good news” for Democrats. I get that. There’s a lot of ground to make up.

But, Buono’s being down 37 points today is 5 points better than last week’s 42. And, among women voters, she’s 15 points closer than last week’s poll. Whether that’s baby steps, real progress or just a rounding error remains to be seen. What I do know is: it’s headed in the right direction.

Comments (4)

  1. robosz

    Sluggish though it is, political fortune and the will of the people often work as though guided by a pendulum, or guided by Big Mo (momentum).  And so hitting your peak with some eight months to go leaves enough time for the tide to turn.

    In a normal media environment, the press would find such a “done deal” election boring and would love to attack the complacency of the front-runner at the first sign of blood in the water (bad policy moves, scandal) in order to make the race newsworthy.

    Unfortunately, I’m convinced most of the NJ press and what’s left here of broadcast media are all looking ahead to having the media-rich Governor around for Term 2 and all the national buzz.  So the incentive to stick one’s neck out to try and embarrass or attack the Governor for poor policy performance is minimized.  Only some incredible scandal might do this, and again, in this NJ media environment, it is very unlikely that anything could develop and become “credible” to the general public without being managed by the administration and its supporters in the media as a “purely political attack.” Such a story might even be squashed by very powerful people in NJ who see the current Governor as NJ’s ticket to some kind of national relevance.

  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    It’s a matter of whittling it down from there.

  3. Nick Lento


    Buono can win…if enough of, “we the people”, help her.

  4. firstamend07

    When a company introduces a new product,it spends a lot of money getting the ” name ” out there.

    Politics is no different.

    Buono is not known by 86% of the voters. So why would they even consider ” buying” this product?

    New, good products falter all of the time because they are not marketed correctly.

    Buono has a small window of opportuity to introduce herself to the voter market.


    The only groups who can come up with large amounts of cash quickly are the teacher and government sector unions.

    They bragged that they would work like hell to get rid ofChristie ,but they are now all asleep.


    So Hetty( CWA) ,Sheryl( AFSCME),and Barbara( NJEA) it is time to repay your friend,the one who stood with you on the State house steps ,with BIG checks.  


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