Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis’ internal campaign polling shows him with a 28-point lead over former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell in the May 8 municipal election, according to a memo obtained the New Jersey Globe.
O’Donnell’s campaign dismissed the accuracy of the results, saying it was a push poll aimed at skewing the numbers toward Davis.
“It took Jimmy Davis a week to find 300 people to answer a fifteen minute poll that only asks positive Jimmy Davis and negative Jason O’Donnell questions. We’ve heard the poll, Jimmy should be upset he’s only up that much in it,” said Sean Darcy, a spokesman for the O’Donnell campaign. “This is a desperate move by a desperate campaign, and the only surprise is that they’ve reached this point so quickly. On May 8th there will be only one poll that matters.”
An audio tape of the poll, also obtained by the New Jersey Globe, appears to validate Darcy’s comments, although the poll did clearly test Davis’ own negatives as well.
The poll shows Davis ahead 47%-19%, with a 63%-21% favorable rating. A June poll showed Davis with a 45%-25% lead, and approvals of 56%-25%.
The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group and had a margin of error of +/- 5.7%.
“Jason O’Donnell has spent the last nine months desperately attacking Mayor Davis, but the simple fact is that Bayonne voters know and like their Mayor and want to see the city continue to be revitalized with the leadership of Team Davis,” said Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. “We expect the O’Donnell campaign to sink even lower in the next seven weeks, but Mayor Davis is in a stronger position than ever to be re-elected because from the development of MOTBY, to the restoration of city parks to the revitalization of Broadway, Bayonne residents see the progress that is taking place all over our city.”
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from the O’Donnell campaign.)Bayonne-Benchmark-Memo F03.14.18