Obama ahead in New Jersey, even with Christie on ticket
April 12th, 2012
09:13 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama ahead in New Jersey, even with Christie on ticket

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. gt

    no news here...new jersey is blue as oklahoma is red..........

    April 12, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. ST

    These news have made my day. Now I believe those who are saying: " this election is the most important one in our life time".

    April 12, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor Mittens. Not only does he have himself a "Republican" problem, seems he's going to have a "Palin" problem as well. Best adivise for Mitt Romney is to start getting his house in order, and I'm not talking LaJolla....

    The wheels on the GOPer bus keep spinning, spinning while the GOPer cliff of destruction gets closer, closer.

    April 12, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. king

    The people are realizing that middle and working poor spenders are what drives this economy, not corporations. They know corporations job is to minimize spending so they can maximize profit. The American middle class workers are the most expensive to corporations, so in order to minimize spending, they'll go to China and pay them 10 dollars an hour for their middle class workers. This is why Obama has to focus on our middle class, since the repubs have destroyed the one entity that held them up for a century, and that is our unions. Obama has to push infra structure modrrnizations to bring jobs to America, and strengthen our middle class again.

    April 12, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Myviewis

    Sorry Romney but you're not winning this one. Obama represents what women of today are about birth control, contraceptives, abortion, romance, sexuality, a glass of wine, entertaining, women are not about jobs, finances, family, education, retirement, investments. Men on the other hand are concerned with jobs, finances, supporting a family and home, educating themselves, retirement, investment so they are more demanding of Obama, men see their financial situation more straight forward. Women on the other hand romanticize Obama, they see him as a knight in shining armor coming to rescue their feminine rights and if all else fails they will find a husband or boyfriend to support them. So Obama will win the female vote because he can promise birth control pills and abortion and that female vote will win Obama re-election while Romney is about money, finances, etc... all the stuff women of today don't care about.

    April 12, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |

    If Christie was thinking of running in 2016, he should not consider taking the VP spot. Willard is damaged goods.

    April 12, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Republican who supports President Obama

    This is fantastic news. The people of NJ are making the right choice.

    April 12, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Dave

    It is difficult to understand why Obama is still so popular. Although he criticized Bush for debt and deficits, he has increased them dramatically. In addition, unemployment under Obama has skyrocketed. If the economy was in a ditch, Obama has taken the air out of the tires and dismantled the engine.

    April 12, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. MaryM

    lol, Even with Christi on the GOP ticket, President Obama wins .. Also President Obama has the majority of the Women votes. check out the polls .

    April 12, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. NameThom

    I hope obama's presidency was the best than mitromny. but from now to November ther is big challenges for Obama to convince American people about health care and deficit .I believe he can handle that he knows how to defeat GOP .they have empty bag for American people.

    April 12, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I don't know who they polled in a recently released poll claiming that Christie has a 59% approval rating, but they obviously didn't ask any former teachers, former firefighters, or former police officers. Crime is up in New Jersey. Almost all of the metrics that reflect negatively on a society are up in New Jersey. Christie is not as popular as the poll suggests. He would not win a re-election today, not even if he were running against Gov. Blagoyevich.

    April 12, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Mom to 3

    Yuck - Christie is a disgusting bully who shouts down anyone who disagrees with him. I am glad I don't have to put up with him as my governor, but I am even more glad that President Obama beats Romney in NJ!! OBAMA 2012

    April 12, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Lionel

    Can't wait to hear from all the haters like Howard, Jerry and John. I wonder how they are going to spin this one.

    The Republicans wants the keys to the White House after driving our economy into the ground and racking up our debt with two wars and a Bush tax cut for the rich.

    Don't give them the chance to do this again. Look at the what a mess the primary was.

    Obama-Biden 2012

    April 12, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. pastmorm

    What a team! One with a fat body, the other with a fat head! Go Christie and Romney....all the way to a different country please....

    April 12, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    New Jersey voters understand GOP agenda “ Jobs to overseas profit to super pac”

    April 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    The problem isn't Christie on the ticket. It is the top of the ticket, severely conservative Romney, that is a drag.

    April 12, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Independant Texan

    Even New Jersey now realizes they screwed up when he was elected.

    April 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Michael B

    "The first-term governor has received consistently high approval ratings FORM his constituents, capturing a 59% rating in a poll released Wednesday."

    Form should be From

    April 12, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Mikey

    So, the Christie bump is 2%? Wow. I like Christie, although certainly not all the positions he takes. He is sometimes refreshingly candid and has a matter-of-fact common-sense approach to things. He can also sometimes be an obnoxious, overbearing, disrectful bully. He is very polarizing, which probably accounts for the small bump. Unfortunately for Christie, he probably provides a bigger bump in other states where he is less well know.

    April 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Bill, NY

    Obama ahead even with the man who never met a buffet he didn't love because Christie never met a truth he would not bend like his poor suffering bed.

    April 12, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Aaaw, I guess all those positive approval polls for Governor Jabba don't tip the scales for the Changeling.

    April 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    To quote Nelson Muntz: HA HA!

    April 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Cherie

    how can anyone vote for Obama with all this mess he has caused. Has he ever stopped campaining? GO TO WORK DUDE!

    April 12, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully the gap will widen further when Mittens' lies, and Christie's lies start to catch up to them.

    April 12, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Thomas

    Bruce Springsteen is the Boss , not Christie !

    Chris Christie's strategy for killing public transit ,Chris Christie's use of a state helicopter as transportation to his son's baseball game. Hypocrite Gov

    April 12, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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