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Choosing Candidates for NJ’s 2017 Gubernatorial Race [AUDIO]

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A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Wednesday asked New Jersey voters about three potential candidates on both sides of the aisle that could be possible candidates in 2017.

“Starting with former Democratic Gov. Dick Codey we find that he’s familiar to 60 percent of voters with a favorable/unfavorable ratio of more than two to one,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science at FDU. “Behind him is Senate President Steve Sweeney. A majority (54 percent) know him with about equal numbers having positive and negative things to say about the powerful senator from the south.”

Another Democrat who is getting some buzz in political circles is Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, but the survey revealed that 85 percent of New Jersey voters still don’t know who he is.

On the Republican side, respondents were asked about Lt. Gov. Kim Gaudagno, State Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assembly GOP Leader Jon Bramnick. Each is struggling with name recognition.

“The current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is known to only about a third, and her favorables and unfavorables are about on par with each other,” Jenkins said.

As far as Bramnick and Beck, both are staying beneath the radar for now according to Jenkins.  In fact, only 14 percent of respondents are familiar with Bramnick and 20 percent with Beck.

According to Jenkins, before the current crop of gubernatorial hopefuls can make a case of why they should be the state’s next chief executive they have to let voters know who they are.

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