Gov. Corzine would be the favorite today against any of the three Republicans running for governor, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released today.
In theoretical match ups, Corzine leads former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie 40 percent to 33 percent; has a 46 to 28 edge over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and a 43 to 23 lead over Assemblyman Rick Merkt.
The FDU survey finds that few people know the Republican candidates.
The poll, conducted from Jan. 2 to Jan. 7, found that only 44 percent of voters surveyed know Christie, who just declared his candidacy yesterday, after the poll was completed. The majority of people - 71 percent and 89 percent - haven't heard of Lonegan or Merkt, respectively. The three are fighting for the Republican nomination, to be decided in a June primary.