MONDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.
* In New Jersey’s closely watched gubernatorial race, a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll shows Chris Christie’s (R) lead over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine shrinking to eight among likely voters, 47% to 38%. Among all registered voters, not just those who consider themselves likely to vote, Christie’s lead is just one point.
* Bob McDonnell, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful in Virginia, accidentally dropped an F-bomb during a live radio interview late last week. Responding to a question about whether a tax increase may be necessary to fund transportation projects, the usually-disciplined conservative said, “I’m going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I’ve outlined twelve f***ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial.” A spokesperson later told reporters, “It was an accident. It is that simple.”
* As a side note, McDonnell sponsored legislation in Virginia to punish students who use profanity.
* In a bit of a surprise, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card (R) has announced he will not run in the special election to fill Massachusetts’ Senate vacancy.
* In Connecticut, the latest Rasmussen poll shows Sen. Chris Dodd (D) leading some of his would-be Republican challengers, but trailing former Rep. Rob Simmons, the leading GOP contender, by 10 points, 49% to 39%.
* Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio), who was released from federal prison last week after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN this morning he might launch a comeback.