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Although a Fairleigh Dickinson poll released this morning says that New Jerseyans’ view of the state’s prospects have diminished by eight percentage points (from 57% down to 49%) over the summer, Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings remain virtually untouched.

Want more on gubernatorial politics? Tomorrow at 10 a.m., Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics will be releasing a boatload of background information on NJ gubernatorial reelections going back as far as 1947. The data will include information such as reelection results dating back to 1977, voter registration, county returns, public financing and legislative elections. Find it at http://governors.rutgers.edu/

Watch Christie, Buono Participate in Labor Day Parade on PBS. See more from NJToday.

Meanwhile, the libertarian Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul has announced that he will be campaigning on behalf of Steve Lonegan who is running against Democratic Cory Booker to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. Although both are Republicans, Paul has famously clashed with Gov. Christie over national security issues and Sandy recovery funding.

In other news: The Cake Boss has them lining up for sweets in Westfield; a new report says immigration reform could help New Jersey’s economy; despite reforms, 151 lobbyists and insurers remain in the state pension system; Senator Bob Menendez plans to hold a hearing on military action in Syrian; and Justin Auciello writes about secondary home owners’ response to a NewsWorks forum on Sandy recovery.

Our full roundup:

Poll: NJ Veering Towards the Wrong Track; Is It Gov. Christie’s Fault? Atlantic Highlands Herald
NJ Veering Towards the Wrong Track; Is it Gov. Christie’s Fault? Fairleigh Dickinson’s Public Mind Poll
N.J. Politics Roundup: Booker’s T-Bone story questioned; poll favors Christie for 2016 GOP nodStar-Ledger/NJ.com*
Rand Paul to campaign for Cory Booker opponent Washington Post
As Christie courts Democrats, Buono looks to raise profile The Record
Liberal Buono and Conservative Lonegan Face Similar Daunting Challenges NJ Spotlight*
Seton Hall shooting survivor supports Barbara Buono for Governor NJToday.net
Christie, Buono Participate in South Plainfield Labor Day Parade NJTV*
Sen. Bob Menendez will Hold a Hearing About Taking Military Action in Syria NJTV*
CONGRESSMAN HOLT SAYS IMMIGRATION REFORM COULD BOOST NJ’S ECONOMY WBGO News
NJ lobbyists earn public pensions despite reforms Associated Press
Cake Boss: Westfield a ‘No-Brainer’ for New Location Westfield Patch
Reaction: Secondary homeowners mostly on their own following Superstorm Sandy NewsWorks*

*Stories are available for repost through our Story Exchange.

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