(CNN) – If Mitt Romney is looking for an advantage in New Jersey, picking the state's governor Chris Christie as his running mate may help, though a new poll suggests it wouldn't be enough to create a winning Republican ticket.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday shows President Barack Obama's nine-point lead over Romney shrinking to seven points when Christie is added to the mix as the GOP vice presidential candidate. Without the well known governor on the ticket, Obama bests Romney 49% to 40%, compared to a 49% to 42% gap with Christie as the running mate.
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New Jersey, which is considered a solidly Democratic state in presidential general elections, last went for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988. In 2008 Obama won the state with 57% of the vote.
"It's pretty much all over but the shouting in the Republican presidential primaries, but if Gov. Mitt Romney owns New Jersey in June, President Barack Obama takes command in November. This still looks like a reliably blue state," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the poll's release.
"Gov. Christopher Christie on the GOP ticket as vice-presidential candidate barely trims the Democratic edge," Carroll continued.
The first-term governor has received consistently high approval ratings form his constituents, capturing a 59% rating in a poll released Wednesday.
However a gender gap – also seen in several national polls – exists between Romney and Obama in the Garden State, with or without Christie on the ticket. Romney-Christie edges Obama-Joe Biden among men 50% to 42%, while the Democratic ticket is ahead among women 55% to 35%.
The state's Democratic senator Robert Menendez, who faces re-election in November, had an approval rating of 45%, compared to 31% who disapproved of the job he was doing. Matched against his Republican competitor Joseph Kyrillos, a state senator, Menendez came out ahead, 44% to 35%.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,607 registered voters via telephone between April 3 and April 9. The sampling error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
While I laugh and hope it's true, I don't put much stock in polling. Having participated in "Polling Report" and another online survey, I know that they ask about your political ideology, and if you don't respond in the manner in which they desire, the survey is over and you're thanked for your time.
what have chris christie done for new jersey residents except to lie about everything if these two go to t he white house look out americans will be sorry -- i am so sick of these REPUBLICAN ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE TO WORK HARD - THEY NEED TO WORK HARD BUT THEY DON'T BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO. SO I WILL NOT WORK HARD WHY SHOULD I THEY DON'T
But the Romney/Christie ticket would have more total weight... so to speak...
Romney may be wise to ignore the right-wing Teavangelicals and find some rational, right-of-center Republican who can behave in public and isn't trying to divide the country. I'm not certain that person actually exists but he/she would draw more votes from independents and moderate Republicans. Do we really need a VP selected just because of extremist ideology? Is extremism good for America?
get real porky won't help mitt Mitt can't help mitt. The guy is a twit totally out of touch with no personality at all. He has no idea about foreign policy and if asking government for money to save the olympics makes him a shrewed businessman then i have a bridge to sell ya. Obama 2012
Keep up the slander CNN. Little good it will do you come November. Obama is going down.