NJ voters: Christie doesn't want VP slot
May 16th, 2012
08:24 AM ET
8 years ago

NJ voters: Christie doesn't want VP slot

(CNN) – New Jersey voters do not think Republican Gov. Chris Christie would be content serving as vice president, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday showed 52% of Garden State voters think their governor would not be satisfied in the No. 2 spot. Although 49% of likely Republican voters said he would be content, all other political, gender and regional groups disagreed.

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The blunt first-term governor is often mentioned as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, a suggestion downplayed by Christie. He has often said he lacks the personality befitting a vice president, but recently left the door slightly ajar by saying Romney "might be able to convince" him.

However, a Christie pick would not help Romney in New Jersey, despite his high approval rating, the poll found.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden edged out a hypothetical Romney-Christie ticket by eight percentage points, 50% to 42% among registered voters. An Obama-Romney match-up, with no running mates, yielded similar results with Obama winning 49% support compared to Romney's 39%.

The disparity was influenced by a gender gap that showed men picked the Republican slate, 46% to 43% and women chose the Democratic ticket, 56% to 38% in the blue presidential state.

Obama won the state in the 2008 presidential election with 56.8% of the vote to then-GOP presidential nominee John McCain's 42.1%.

Obama and Christie topped the list of favorite national leaders among New Jersey voters. Obama received a 54% to 41% favorability rating and Christie garnered a 53% to 39% score. Additionally, 53% of voters approved of Obama's handling of his job and 52% said he deserved re-election.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez also beat his Republican challenger in a hypothetical match-up, the poll showed. The first-term senator received 45% support to state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos's 35%. Independents split toward Menendez 39% to 33% and he received a 44% job approval rating. Forty-two percent of registered voter said he deserved another term in Washington.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,582 registered voters between May 9 and May 14 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    I am surpsied christie could walk far enough following the bully.
    Did they use the NJ state helicopter and limo service?

    May 16, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. julie

    christie does not want the VP spot with willard........I wonder why, really normally one would jump at this chance to be VP

    Obama 2012 the only forward

    May 16, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So far only one of these wannabes (John Thune) has expressed a willingness to accept the number two slot. The list of those who have publicly stated they do not want the job could fill the Senate. It will be interesting to see what happens in Tampa in August, unless Willard makes a public announcement beforehand. Should he pick someone not acceptable to the Tea Party interests (including Karl Rove and the Koch brothers) it is likely that he will not have the enthusiastic support he will need for people to go door-to-door soliciting votes for him.
    Speaking as a Democrat who has often voted for Republicans, there are two things that turn me off in campaigns – mass mailings and robocalls. Regular phone calls are ok, depending on the circumstances. But some person coming to my house, knocking on my door and actually speaking with me about a candidate is something I am always willing to devote the time for. Even if I do not agree with the candidate or the issues, I am always willing to listen to someone who has taken the time to physically reach out.
    As my wife is a registered Independent, I will expect a boatload of calls to our house in September and October. Most of them will go to voice mail, especially if we do not recognize the caller ID.

    May 16, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. GI Joe

    I don't think we need two loud-mouth lying bullies on one ticket.

    May 16, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. s

    Not enough donuts at the whitehouse

    May 16, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Cynthia L.

    Doesn't appear anyone wants to be on a losing ticket with, Romney. Not only that, Christie will come under fire for his padding of his Transportation Fund that was supposed to be funded with his state's gas tax under the laws of New Jersey. Took the government money that was to help with the tunnel under the river to New York to replace an almost hundred year-old tunnel being used today. Sure would have provided alot of JOBS. But, I guess, this con-job, con-artist will proudly say he didn't raise taxes. Facts don't matter to Republicans, though. New Jersey, you got screwed.

    May 16, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. asdf

    apparently the people of my former homeland are nuts. Christie is DYING to get on that ticket. The problem is that he isn't boring enough. Too high risk.

    May 16, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. 2020

    Christie best be the bodyguard to Romney with his mouth. Rude and abrasive. Make a good pair with Romney,

    May 16, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. asdf

    @Cynthia L.

    As a former New Jerseyan...New Jersian? New Jersite? I can say confidently that the people of NJ did not get screwed. Voting in NJ is a game of lesser evils. There's no such thing as a candidate that won't lie, cheat, and steal. Christie, for all his faults, is still better than the alternative. Consider the fact that he beat out John Corzine, who is probably going to jail for "misplacing" millions of dollars at MF Global.

    May 16, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Would Christie make a good president at this stage of his career? By his own admission, he's not ready. His ego may override his good sense, though, but he would add nothing to the ticket.

    May 16, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. NJ Citizen


    No, we got exactly what we needed. A Governor who isn't a billionare that is currently fighting off legal issues (See Jon Corzine, our former Governor), a man who isn't afriad to speak his mind, and someone who will actually deal with the issues in this state. For the record, I have voted Democratic all my life, including Obama the first time but Christie was perfect for the job. We had some of the highest taxes in the nation till he came along. And that tunnel? I lived near one of the constrution sites for it and I can tell you it was a waste of money. It was just sitting there making no progress at all for years.

    May 16, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "The disparity was influenced by a gender gap that showed men picked the Republican slate, 46% to 43% and women chose the Democratic ticket, 56% to 38% in the blue presidential state."

    So much for that bogus poll showing Rmoney ahead with women.

    May 16, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. heskeeter

    Really...is there a need to comment on this issue?
    After 5 yrs of trying to buy the White House,he's this close.......yup...(hope he picks Christie).
    Sadly, its 3 strikes and your out...not 2. that means we have another round of this Willard guy.

    May 16, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Christie has too much baggage and he knows it. Haven't you ever noticed that the dirtier a politiician that you are, the higher up the right wing food chain in the Republican Party that you rise?

    May 16, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    No one with brain will take as vp, they can foresee the Sarah appalling. Simply in 2 words, mr. Bain capital, in 1 word "CHINA".

    May 16, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Bill

    The Behemoth of New Jersey does not have the demeanor or composure to be on a national ticket. It would do more harm than good.

    May 16, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. lyn

    Christie cares so little about his own health and appearance, there's no way he would care about the health of the U.S.

    May 16, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. kkummen

    Lets face it HE IS OBESE.......how can he talk about medicare issues how much obese people cost taxpayers or how people should save the evironment by walking/biking or busing. He needs his own plane just to fly anywhere or a whole row of seats ........its a fact -he is just toooo fat.

    May 16, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |