Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a commanding 51 to 30 percent lead over Sen. Frank Lautenberg among voters should they both decide to run in the 2014 Democratic primary for Lautenberg’s New Jersey seat, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University
The 89-year-old Lautenberg hasn’t decided yet whether he will seek re-election. Booker has filed papers to form a campaign committee.
Lautenberg’s problem is his age. Only 21 percent of voters say it helps him do a good job, compared to 71 percent who say it makes his work too difficult. So 45 percent of voters believe Lautenberg doesn’t deserve to be elected, while 36 percent disagree.
If he was younger, the senator might be sitting pretty, as voters approve of his job performance by a margin of 50 to 34 percent.
Lautenberg’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 42/32 percent. That pales in comparison to 54/16 percent for Booker. The mayor received a higher likability rating among every group measured.
Meanwhile, New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie has an approval rating of 74 percent, his highest ever. Only 21 percent of respondents disapprove of him.
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