Poll: New Jerseyans Think Christie Will Run for White House

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 12:51 PM

By Dan Weil

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Most New Jersey residents think GOP Gov. Chris Christie wants to run for president, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.

A total of 63 percent believe he will run — with 40 percent believing he's already planning his campaign. Just 22 percent believe Christie doesn't want to run, and 15 percent don't know.

New Jerseyans appear to believe Christie is well qualified for the job. A total of 56 percent says he has the right temperament for the White House, and 53 percent say he has the necessary experience.

While many Republicans criticize Christie for his close relationship with President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy last fall, 55 percent of New Jerseyans believe that cooperation will help Christie's political future.

But that may not be reality, said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

"Reaching across the aisle may help Gov. Christie in a general election with New Jersey voters, but you have to remember that not one of the people we polled will be voting in Iowa or New Hampshire in 2016," Murray said..

The poll surveyed 783 New Jersey adults from Sept. 6-10.

Meanwhile, in a Rutgers University poll conducted Sept. 3-9, Christie leads his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Barbara Buono 55 to 35 percent among likely voters. The New Jersey election is on Nov. 5.

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