Second straight poll indicates big lead for Christie
November 28th, 2012
09:28 AM ET
10 years ago

Second straight poll indicates big lead for Christie

(CNN) - A new poll is the second this week to indicate most New Jersey voters think Chris Christie deserves re-election next year, and is the second straight to give the Republican governor large leads over his possible Democratic challengers.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning, two-thirds of registered voters in New Jersey say Christie deserves to be re-elected in November 2013, with only one in four saying he doesn't deserve a second term in Trenton.

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Two days ago a Rutgers-Eagleton poll indicated 59% of New Jersey registered voters supported a second term for Christie, with 32% opposed. That same day, Christie announced he had filed documents to set in motion his re-election bid. The filing of papers allows Christie to set up his campaign, raise re-election funds, and hire staff.

The Quinnipiac poll, the Rutgers-Eagleton survey, and a Fairleigh Dickenson University poll that also released this week all indicated Christie's approval rating and favorable ratings soaring, thanks to his response to superstorm Sandy, which slammed into New Jersey in late October, devastating parts of the state.

The news Monday that Christie will launch a re-election bid was widely expected. Much of the electoral guesswork in New Jersey now focuses on which Democrat will challenge Christie next fall, with much of the speculation centered on two-term Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who's seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Newark's Democratic mayor said in mid-November his decision on running for governor has been pushed back because of Sandy.

Others considering bids are state Sen. Richard Codey - who served as governor for 14 months following the November 2004 resignation of then–Gov. Jim McGreevey - as well as State Sen. Barbara Buono and Assembly members Lou Greenwald and John Wisniewski.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, Christie has a 53%-35% lead over Booker in a hypothetical 2013 general election matchup, with larger leads against the other possible Democratic candidates. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll also indicated Christie with large leads over all of his possible Democratic challengers in hypothetical general election matchups.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election. Because they are the only games in town, they often receive outsized attention.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 19-25, with 1,664 New Jersey registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (11 Responses)

    Cory Booker should NOT run for governor against Christie this year. HE WILL LOSE. It would be best to wait till the next election cycle

    November 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    It's time to remind people of how Christie deceived NJ Demodrats by "compromising" on issues, and then using his line item veto to renege on everything he promised.

    It's time to remind people of how Christie killed the NJ portion of the high speed rail project serving the NorthEast corridor, killing thousands of jobs, which only wound up costing NJ tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars after the federal governement demanded to be re-imbursed for money already spent.

    November 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    What I`d like to know is, has America gotten to the point where an African American, Latino, Asian or Woman executive could be as big of a BULLY as Christies has been and still be lauded like this? Notice how quickly some folks tried to call Mr. Obama arrogant; yet Christie skates by.

    This donkey kicks hard.

    November 28, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Dan

    It turns out that not demonizing the other side ofmthe aisle also helps sometimes.

    November 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't think Christie has his eye on the White House. That only leaves one viable candidate........Jeb Bush. The White House will remain in democrat control in 2016.

    November 28, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Who cares? Quinnipiac is bunk. What does Nate Silver say? hehe

    Granted, he probably agrees...Christie made a very shrewd move with respect to Sandy, especially in light of his knowing that Booker, who is also very popular, might enter the fray. If Booker's smart, he waits a bit longer before deciding, and if Christie still seems to be riding high, then just waits another term to bother running.

    November 28, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice to see Christie have a primary challenge. He doesn't know how to play nice enough.

    November 28, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Thomas

    Cory Booker should NOT run for governor against Christie this year. HE WILL LOSE. It would be best to wait till the next election cycle

    Your right , Booker can do more in the long-term by building his finical reserve if he sits this one out.

    November 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. jillamerican

    Yeah, and the polls showed that the Presidential race was close too. He acted very 'Presidential' during the storm and I am sure he is going to use that to the max ala Guiliani but it will take more than that to change people's minds here in Jersey.

    November 28, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. jillamerican

    And the polls showed the Presidential election to be close too. Christie may have acted very 'Presidential' during the storm and will use that to the max ala Guiliani but it will take more than that to win again here in Jersey.

    November 28, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    @A Kickin' Donkey. You hit the nail on the head with this one, and I will answer your question. NO. If Mayor Booker or President Obama acted like Christy, they would be demonized. Look how the GOP acted when all President Obama did was FIGHT BACK AFTER BEING ATTACKED FOR MONTHS by Willard. No way a black man could get away with acting like Christy and still get elected.

    November 28, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |