Governor Chris Christie wants the guarantee of a tax cut now, but Democrats who control the legislature want to wait until it is certain that the state can afford one.

Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie
Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Today's Quinnipiac University poll shows 52% of New Jersey voters say they support the Democratic plan to delay a vote in the State Legislature for a possible tax cut until they see if tax revenues are strong enough to support such a cut. 39% percent agree with Christie that the time is now.

"It's been obscured by the focus on the presidential election, but taxes remain a live New Jersey issue," says poll director Mickey Carroll. "In the tax cut debate, Christie's vote-to-cut-now plan loses to the legislative Democrats' wait-and-see position."

The question of the timing of the tax cut is about the only news in the survey that isn't positive for the Governor. New Jersey voters approve 56% - 38% of the job Christie is doing and say 52% - 40% that he deserves another term.

Christie's approval rating is up from a 53% - 42% score in a September 5 survey just after he delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, but shy of his 59% - 36% all-time high score April 11.

In a sneak peek at the 2013 election for Governor, Christie leads Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a possible Democratic challenger, by a narrow 46% - 42%.

Carroll says, "Newark Mayor Cory Booker could give Governor Christie a run for his money, if the mayor decides to run."

Christie runs better against other possible Democratic challengers. He tops State Senator Dick Codey, the frequent fill-in governor, 47% - 41%; bests State Senator Barbara Buono 49% - 33%; and beats Assembly Democratic Leader Lou Greenwald 50% - 31%.

"Let's see how the field shapes up if Booker takes a pass," says Carroll. "Each of the possible challengers draw 60 to 74% of the Democratic vote, in this very blue state, with State Senator Richard Codey a bit stronger than State Senator Barbara Buono or Assembly member Lou Greenwald."

From October 10 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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