Oct 14, 2008
Asbury Park Press - Poll suggests Adler has slight lead over Myers
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released internal polling numbers Monday evening that would confirm the race to succeed Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., remains a statistical tie three weeks from Election Day.
However, this is the first poll made public that does give a slight lead to state Sen. John Adler, D-Camden, over his Republican opponent, Medford Mayor Chris Myers. With a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, Adler is reported to have a 4-point lead over Myers. In two independent polls conducted over the past three weeks, it was Myers who had a slight lead over Adler, within the margin of error.
The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted on Oct. 2 and 3. According to the data released, Adler leads Myers 38 percent to 34 percent, said Carrie James, a spokeswoman for the DCCC. But unlike other polls on the race, no data were provided as to where the candidates stand in Ocean and Burlington, the two counties that comprise almost all of the state's 3rd Congressional District. The only portion of the district outside Ocean and Burlington is Cherry Hill in Camden County. James said the data were limited.
"This poll demonstrates that the more voters know about Chris Myers' record of raising property taxes, the less they like him," James said.
However, Myers' campaign manager Chris Russell indicated Monday night that he did not believe the poll was authentic.
"By trotting these bogus numbers, it's clear to anyone paying attention that the Adler campaign and the DCCC have officially hit the panic button," Russell said. "An independent Monmouth University poll taken at the same time has Chris Myers leading John Adler by 3 points among likely voters."
Because of campaign finance reform laws that limit coordination between partisan committees and candidates' committees, Adler campaign manager Mark Warren said he did not know about the poll or its public release. He expressed cautious optimism in response.
"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day, but I'm confident as voters get to know about Mayor Myers and his lockstep support of George Bush's economic policies, they'll reject him," Warren said. "John Adler will be a fierce advocate for middle-class taxpayers."
Meanwhile, both campaigns on Monday released fundraising totals as of Sept. 30 — the end of the third quarter — ahead of the Wednesday reporting deadline set by the Federal Election Commission.
According to the Adler campaign, the senator raised $550,000 in the third quarter alone, bringing the total raised by the campaign up to more than $2.4 million, with $1.2 million in cash on hand.
The Myers campaign reported the mayor raised $369,224 in the third quarter, bringing the total amount raised by the Republican campaign to $995,773, with $287,832 cash on hand at the end of September. A Sept. 22 fundraiser Myers attended with President Bush in Colts Neck was not included in the reporting amounts.
Warren pointed out to reporters that Adler had raised $32,000 since the beginning of the campaign from residents of Medford, where Myers is mayor.