Poll: Chris Christie Would Not Make A Good President, Say New Jersey Voters

Jennifer Murray

Chris Christie is not ready for a White House run say his NJ constituents, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday. Poll results also indicate if Christie were to run against Hillary Clinton for president, the former Secretary of State would win the NJ governor's home state.

According to the results of a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, 53 percent of NJ voters do not believe Chris Christie is presidential material. Not only that, Democrat Hillary Clinton would crush Christie 50 to 39 percent in a 2016 presidential race. Clinton also leads among NJ voters against potential republican presidential contenders Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul, and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Republican voters in New Jersey, however, say 70 to 21 percent that the governor would do well in the White House.

Americans are just not ready for a "Jersey Guy," say 49 to 43 percent of NJ voters. While men are split 46 to 47 percent in this thinking, NJ women say 51 to 41 percent that America just is not ready for a President Christie.

New Jersey voters are split as to whether Christie is doing a good job as governor overall. According to the Quinnipiac poll, 48 percent of voters approve of Christie overall, while 47 percent do not approve of the governor. These numbers are slightly different from Christie's 46 to 45 approval rating in October, but very different from the governor's 2013 approval numbers and may be due to the Bridgegate scandal, according to Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the poll.

"Gov. Christie's job approval numbers continue on the tepid track that started with the Bridgegate story, a dramatic contrast with the heady 2013 days when he was swooping to reelection."

Bloomberg reports that in late January 2015, Chris Christie is scheduled to return to Iowa, where the presidential nomination voting will start in 2016. He will speak at an event that has, to date, only attracted staunch conservatives, including Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.

While 50 percent of voters polled do not want to see the governor run for president, if he does run, 62 percent say he should resign as governor.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Clinton is the only candidate listed who gets a positive favorability rating among NJ voters, with all of the republicans included in the poll, not just Chris Christie, receiving negative scores.

The Quinnipiac poll is a survey result of 1,340 registered NJ voters conducted by landline and cell phone December 3 to December 8. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.