Bad to Worse

Chris Christie has been so successful in his first year as New Jersey Governor that he's out campaigning for others, like Bill Brady, candidate for Governor of Illinois. The incumbent, Pat Quinn, is using the old compassion argument in defending his $13 billion dollar deficit.

llinoisans "need a governor with a heart - somebody who cares about them," Quinn said. "Sen. Brady wanted to cut human services 50 percent. He didn't have a heart then and he doesn't have a heart now."

Brady is under some pressure to get specific about where government should be cut, and Christie was providing some defense for his lack of specificity.

Quinn has pummeled Brady for refusing to offer any specific cuts he would make to balance the state budget. Brady says he can balance the budget without a tax increase by cutting state spending.

He earlier suggested that teachers could forgo pay raises in order to help local school districts deal with a cut in state aid -- a position Christie also has advocated for in New Jersey.

Brady also has suggested turning state worker pensions into 401k-style retirement plans.

Polls have shown each candidate leading in recent weeks, with Rasmussen offering the latest assessment.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brady, a state senator, picking up 46% of the vote, while Quinn draws support from 38%. Four percent (4%) back Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, and another five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in the race. Eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Quinn was Lt. Governor and took over the Governor's seat when Rod Blagojevich was removed from office in January of 2009.