New poll puts Christie up more than two to one over Buono

A new poll out today has Gov. Chris Christie outpacing his presumptive opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, more than two to one with six months to go before Election Day.

According to the Marist University/NBC poll, Christie leads the race 60 percent to 28 percent among registered voters.  The margin jumps to 34 points – 62 percent to 28 percent – among probable voters.  The governor has led by a similar margin in several recent polls.

Republicans are nearly uniformly behind Christie, with 94 percent supporting the governor, while Buono does not fair nearly as well among Democrats.  Just 51 percent of Democrats polled back Buono.

Surprisingly, a majority of women — 56% — support Christie compared with 32% for Buono, while among men, 66% are for Christie while 24% support Buono. 

Even some backers of President Obama in last fall’s presidential contest support Christie’s re-election bid, with 42 percent saying they will vote for the Republican governor.  Less than half – 46 percent – say they will vote for Buono.

Among registered voters, 69 percent favor the job Christie is doing against 24 percent who disapprove.

But despite his popularity among the New Jersey electorate, a majority – 55 percent – say he should not run for president against 34 percent who believe he should jump into the 2016 contest.

In New Jersey, Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 52 percent to 41 percent in a hypothetical match-up of contenders.  Six percent are undecided. Christie would beat Vice President Joe Biden  51 percent  to 40 percent, with 8 percent undecided.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie