(CNN) - All eyes are fixed on New Jersey in November... of 2013.
While it's a fairly safe bet the Garden State will go to President Barack Obama this year, what could happen at the polls on November 5, 2013 in the gubernatorial race is far from certain.
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Two New Jersey politicians, including the incumbent governor, with national profiles are all tied up in a hypothetical head-to-head in the Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday.
Gov. Chris Christie stands at 46%, while Newark Mayor Cory Booker has 42% in the survey.
Christie, in his first term, is known for his tough talk, and has been a high-profile surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Convention earlier this year.
Booker has a similar profile as a backer of President Barack Obama. Booker was co-chairman of his party's platform committee and participated in unveiling it at the Democratic National Convention this year.
Should Christie win reelection, he would become chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2014, leading his party's effort through midterm races in a number of states.
He boasts a 56% approval rating, the poll shows, and 52% of registered voters told pollsters Christie deserves re-election next year. Four in ten said he does not deserve re-election.
Voters who identified themselves as independents split 51% for Christie and 34% for Booker.
The matchup between Booker and Christie is little changed compared to a September sample, which found Christie with 47% and Booker at 40%.
The survey found Christie has a greater edge over other candidates, including two state senators and a state assembly member.
A governor may not serve more than two terms consecutively under New Jersey law. A term is four years.
The party primaries will be held in early June 2013 and candidates may submit petitions for office beginning in April.
As of Wednesday, there were only 384 days remaining until Election Day.