NJ voters split over possible Christie 2016 bid
October 29th, 2013
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

NJ voters split over possible Christie 2016 bid

(CNN) - Most New Jersey voters in a new poll want Republican Gov. Chris Christie to serve a second term. But only about half think he should make a White House run and they're split on whether he'd make a good president.

The release on Tuesday of the Quinnipiac University survey comes one week before the gubernatorial election in the Garden State, a contest that Christie is expected to easily win.

And it comes as the possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, in a new TV interview, once again declined to commit to serving a full second term if re-elected on November 5.

By a 48%-41% margin, likely voters overall in New Jersey say they'd like to see Christie run for the White House in 2016. That compares with more than seven in 10 state Republicans who would favor such a candidacy. Independents feel the same way by a 50%-36% margin.

The poll indicates voters are divided 42%-43% on whether Christie would make a good president. More than seven in 10 Republicans say Christie would make a good president, but Independents are split.

"He's near the top in all the national polls. But not with his Garden State neighbors," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

If Christie does end up running for president and ends up winning, he would have to step down as governor with a year left in his term.

"I'm committed to being the best governor New Jersey can have for as long as I can possibly do it," Christie said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"My current intention is to spend four years, but we'll see what happens," added Christie. "You never know what life's gonna bring you."

According to the poll, Christie leads state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic challenger, 64%-31% among likely voters.

Christie's held a commanding lead over Buono in all public opinion polls throughout this year's campaign. Christie's 2013 re-election bid, in blue state New Jersey, is increasingly seen as a testing ground or launching pad for a possible 2016 bid.

The Quinnipiac survey indicates there's no gender gap, with Christie leading Buono by a 2-to-1 margin among both men and women. Christie's grabbing 95% of the Republican vote, 72% support from Independents, and even 31% of Democrats are backing him.

"The election looks like a runaway," adds Carroll.

The poll's release comes as Christie gets ready to launch a 90-stop tour between now and next Tuesday's election.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted October 21-27, with 1,203 likely voters in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.


Filed under: 2013 • 2016 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    How would Christie make it out of a republican primary? Tea Queda probably will label him as a east coast RINO. He can't pass the Tea Queda purity test. Christie is actually a rationale man although I don't agree with his policies, but rationale is not part of the republican platform.

    October 29, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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    October 29, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. RL

    I would like to see Christie stay on as Governor, but why should they vote for him if he may leave them high and dry. you need to do one or the other. It is not fair to the people of NJ.

    October 29, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Not a good Governor, not a good choice for President either.

    October 29, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie's speaking habits descend into vulgar shouts and offensive remarks, which makes him unqualified to be POTUS.

    October 29, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie's speaking habits descend into vulgar shouts and offensive remarks, which makes him unqualified to be POTUS
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    I'd much rather someone with so-called questionable speaking habits than the daily barrage of incompetent buffonery we're dealing with now.

    October 29, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Fair is Fair
    I'd much rather someone with so-called questionable speaking habits than the daily barrage of incompetent buffonery we're dealing with now.

    You sure about that? We had eight years of Bush, the least competent buffoon in our history!

    October 29, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Jack

    That 2-ton bully behind the Oval Office?

    OH, PLUH-EEZE!

    October 29, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The Real Faor is Fair wrote<

    I'd much rather someone with so-called questionable speaking habits than the daily barrage of incompetent buffonery we're dealing with now.
    --------------
    Talk like that with Putin, and BAM! Christie gets a black eye. Next thing you know, Limbaugh demands that his Empire Strike Back and BOOM. We're in a nuclear shootout.

    October 29, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Lady Fair – The incompetent buffoonery left when W got out of town on January 21, 2008. Figures you would like someone who is incapable of having a civil argument, representing those right wing ideals we have all come to laugh at.

    October 29, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. much thunder..little rain

    anybody looks good now

    October 29, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Gov. Christie's speaking habits descend into vulgar shouts and offensive remarks, which makes him unqualified to be POTUS
    --–
    I'd much rather someone with so-called questionable speaking habits than the daily barrage of incompetent buffonery we're dealing with now."

    Indeed. Using a teleprompter is no big deal...but the GOP's/Teatrolls' constant barrage of deliberate attempts to break everything in the federal gov't in order to "prove" that it's broken...that's gotta go.

    October 29, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Ah yes, the "journalists' conundrum"...."ummm, do we report on everything he's done as governor and what his policies look like or do we just throw out some stupid poll numbers that have absolutely no real world meaning? Decisions, decisions...."

    October 29, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Ann Coulter / Chris Christie 2016

    "Lets get it right this time "

    October 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Bea

    I have zero interest in seeing Christie run for president. He's my governor and I think that he's vastly overrated. NJ still has a higher unemployment rate than the national average.

    October 29, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Tom

    I though Sandy Hook was all fixed. That's what the president told me was gonna happen. Another fine example of the govt at work

    October 29, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |