The contest between Barack Obama and John McCain in New Jersey is too close to call, with a new Quinnipiac University poll showing the battle for the state’s fifteen electoral votes at 48%-45% among likely voters. Obama led McCain by ten percentage points, 51%-41% in an August Quinnipiac poll.
This is the fourth independent poll within the last week to show New Jersey as an emerging battleground state in the presidential campaign. (Link)
One would never know that New Jersey voters are so evenly split from my admittedly unscientific bumper sticker and lawn sign count. I see lots of Obama stickers and lawn signs and virtually no McCain campaign stuff. The thing is that, in this state (at least in my part of the state), a McCain bumper sticker might well result in one’s car being keyed in a parking lot, and a lawn sign might well be torn up by the state’s progressives.
I would love to think that McCain has a shot in Jersey, but I’ve lived here all my life, so I fully expect that the massive Democrat Machine will do whatever is necessary to “take care of business” on election day.
Still, hope springs eternal. Maybe this year will be different. After all, Garden Staters are over-taxed, businesses large and small are over-taxed and-over-regulated, the majority of citizens have finally come to realize that Jon Corzine is a walking (lucky for him) disaster, and people are fleeing to other states to escape the madness.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed here in the state where the only people who carry guns are the cops and robbers.
Update: This state may be terminal.