Poll: New Jerseyans unfazed by possible Christie 2016 bid
December 11th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
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Poll: New Jerseyans unfazed by possible Christie 2016 bid

(CNN) - If you think that Garden Staters are concerned that their governor, Chris Christie, will run for president in 2016, think again.

A new poll indicates that most New Jersey residents expect Christie to launch a bid for the White House, and few are bothered by that, even if Christie steps down as governor. And the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, released Wednesday, also suggests that the Republican governor could turn New Jersey red in a presidential election for the first time in more than a quarter century.


Sixty-nine percent of those questioned in the poll say that they believe Christie is already planning to run for president in 2016. Amid mounting speculation that he'll launch a campaign for the GOP nomination, the tough-talking governor, who won a landslide re-election last month over a little known Democratic challenger, has not committed to serving out his second term in Trenton.

According to the poll, two-thirds say they wouldn't be particularly bothered if Christie ran for president, even though that would pull him out of New Jersey quite often. And 69% say they wouldn't be upset if Christie stepped down as governor in order to run for the White House.

The poll indicated little partisan divide between Democrats, Republicans and independents on any of these questions.

"New Jersey is fairly united on this one:  Run, Christie, run!" said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Then Vice President George H.W. Bush, who carried New Jersey in his 1988 election as president, was the last Republican to win the state in a presidential contest. But the poll suggests Christie could grab New Jersey's 14 electoral votes.

According to the poll, Christie holds a 46%-43% margin over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who would be the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she runs again for the White House, in a hypothetical 2016 general election matchup.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted Dec. 4-8, with 802 New Jersey adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • New Jersey
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Besides for his weight and rudeness, Christie's GWB scandal is going to hurt him if he decides to run.

    December 11, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please run Christie, if only because that is one way for me and indeed everyone to get to know you better.
    So I'll join the good folks stuck on the bridge in New Jersey in saying: "Run, Christie, run!".

    December 11, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    I suspect the majority of Americans are unfazed by a possible Chris Christie 2016 bid as well.

    December 11, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Thomas

    I'm sorry , I can't vote for a guy who depends on surgery to deal with his weight problem .

    Not Healthy .

    December 11, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    As long as the Republican Party allows themselves to be led by the nose by that Tea Party cult, then they will never win another national election. By allowing themselves to descend into this political position only serves to demonstrate the lack of true leadership and courage that is characteristic of the current conservative movement.

    Can anyone name who is the inspirational politician who is the leader of the Republican Party? Democrats have found inspiration through Barack Obama. Republicans lack such a person. Ted Cruz and a few others try to fill the shoes, but they all seem to be lacking that intangible to take them to the top and beyond.

    Not even during the Bush-43 years could conservatives pointed to an elected official who was the iconic leader of the Republican Party. The last time Republicans had such a leader, his name was Ronald Reagan. It's why they have clung to his memorable leadership for so long. Republicans lack a positive purpose. The best leaders they currently have are all talk radio hosts, who seem to call all of the shots.

    December 11, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    John F. Kennedy, Sept. 18, 1963: "A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues."
    ******************
    How well has that strategy worked in recent decades? Did this lift all boats, or did it send the debt shooting through the ceiling while shifting wealth to people like, well, the Kennedys?

    December 11, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Christie would give Democrats fits in other states as well. He's a proven leader that can get things done. He doesn't have a constant littany of excuses like our current Presidnet.

    December 11, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @tom l
    "John F. Kennedy, Sept. 18, 1963: "A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues."

    This was on another threead which is now closed, but I'm interested why you found it important? It is no secret in the world of reality (that outside the right wing bubble) that Kennedy was a very conservative President. I know some Progressives who campaigned against him because of this. That being said, one would need to take into account the tax rate at that time (remember, this was before Reagan slashed it and Bush slashed it again). So, I'm assuming by posting this, within the historical context of tax rates being around 75% for the highest income earners at that time, compared with around 30 some odd now... that you would have to agree the highest earners have gotten a real fine deal over the last 50 years. And in these tough economic times (by the righties on here, I would assume the world should end due to Obama around 3:20 this afternoon) you would think the patriotic thing to do would be to say, "Enough already... We have ALL the money and the country is in debt due to our selfishness and greed.... We really don't need ANOTHER tax cut. Perhaps we could even raise it, just to help out."
    Think that's gonna happen?

    December 11, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. donna

    @Thomas

    Not healthy? It's a medical option supported by Obamacare. Obama wouldn't support anything that isn't healthy.

    December 11, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. luke,az

    Christie does not possess presidential qualities.

    December 11, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC "As long as the Republican Party allows themselves to be led by the nose by that Tea Party cult, ..."
    The Tea Party is more than a cult. They are truly domestic terrorists. What else would you call a group, say in some other country, that threatens to sabotage the government, is fueled by religious fervor, wants to covert the government into a theocracy, and shows up places brandishing guns, and have inspired followers to commit violent acts?

    December 11, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Ol' Yeller

    Wait... I may have made an error there... I believe Johnson actually started with a mariginal tax rate on the wealthy (above 400,000) of around 90% which he brought down to around 70, which is now around 30 some odd.
    People really need to look at the facts about taxes and stop listening to all these bozos saying taxes are the highest they have ever been. Malarkey. The rich have not paid their fair share (and when I say fair, I mean when people start makeing millions, there tax rates need to go up- way up, on the money they are making over a certain amount) in some time now which has led to this huge gap between the wealthy and everyone else.
    Why do you think the koch brothers are willing to fund all these carzed te abag gers with miliions and millions?
    They are selling their kool aid....
    And, Corporations... they are getting away with murder in regards to paying taxes....

    December 11, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Bob4683

    Huntsman would be the best and most electable conservative who is not a Tea Party extremist.

    December 11, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. smith

    Christie could win in 2016 and that`s what scares liberals so much. He`s a threat.

    December 11, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please run Christie, if only because that is one way for me and indeed everyone to get to know you better.
    So I'll join the good folks stuck on the bridge in New Jersey in saying: "Run, Christie, run!".
    -------------------------
    For a sneak preview of what a Pres. Christie would look like, do a web search for " Gov Christie new helicopter ", check out pix.

    December 11, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Name carl

    He is a Bully. I will be voting for Hillary Clinton if she Runs. Go Hillary clinton 2016.

    December 11, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC "As long as the Republican Party allows themselves to be led by the nose by that Tea Party cult, ..."
    The Tea Party is more than a cult. They are truly domestic terrorists. What else would you call a group, say in some other country, that threatens to sabotage the government, is fueled by religious fervor, wants to covert the government into a theocracy, and shows up places brandishing guns, and have inspired followers to commit violent acts?
    ----------------------–
    What would I call that? Uh. Iran's Ruling Council?

    December 11, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Don't like him as my Gov. and won't vote for him as Prez.

    December 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC "As long as the Republican Party allows themselves to be led by the nose by that Tea Party cult, ..."
    The Tea Party is more than a cult. They are truly domestic terrorists. What else would you call a group, say in some other country, that threatens to sabotage the government, is fueled by religious fervor, wants to covert the government into a theocracy, and shows up places brandishing guns, and have inspired followers to commit violent acts?
    --------–
    What would I call that? Uh. Iran's Ruling Council?
    -------–
    ...and the Tea Party! (to make the point obvious, even to the Tea Party – apologies to others)
    From the old Pogo cartoon: "we have met the enemy and he is us"

    December 11, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Larry in Houston

    as long as the right wing is dictating – they've got problems ....hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but between Charlie crist / and perhaps a cpl of others, that's all they've got......They had better get off that high horse they've been riding – I would love to vote for a real moderate, or even a republican who doesn't bash everything & everybody, incl. the womens issues / the gay thing / and get down to the real business of this country.....if they ( the right wing) of their party keeps on going the way they are going, and keep trusting their "rove math" type of thing, they are going to be in big trouble in the future, especially with the future voters

    December 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Besides for his weight and rudeness, Christie's GWB scandal is going to hurt him if he decides to run."

    He didn't even pass the vetting by romney's group (you know, the guy who didn;t even pay any taxes and hid all his assets in the Cayman Islands) to be 'vice' president. Christie also has a tendency to throw little hissy fits when criticized, so I see him lasting about 40 minutes as a real candidate.
    But, once he gets primaried from the right by the moronic te abag crowd, it isn't anything sane people will have to worry about.

    December 11, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |