Things aren't getting better for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in his bid for reelection this year. Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie by nine points - 42 percent to 33 percent - in a Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind poll released Wednesday.

The poll is the latest in a string that shows Corzine to be in serious trouble. In mid-March, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Corzine trailing by the same margin.

Corzine continues to be dogged by poor favorability ratings and a consensus that the Garden State is heading in the wrong direction. Nearly two thirds of respondents said the state is on the wrong track, compared to less than a quarter that said it is heading in the right direction. A majority - 56 percent - view Corzine unfavorably and nearly half disapprove of his job performance. In particular, Corzine is struggling among independents, who disapprove of his performance by more than a two to one margin (58 percent to 25 percent).

There was a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent in the poll.

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