Poll: NJ Shows Strong Support for Christie Presidential Bid [AUDIO]
If Gov. Chris Christie chooses to run for president in 2016, he has overwhelming support from his constituents, according to today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.
Nearly 7 in 10 New Jerseyans believe the governor is already planning on a presidential bid, and 67 percent said they wouldn't be particularly bothered by it. Just 19 percent said a presidential run would bother them a lot.
New Jersey residents would also be generally unfazed if Christie had to resign from governorship in order to pursue the White House. Nearly 70 percent said they wouldn't be upset with his resignation.
"New Jersey is fairly united on this: Run, Christie, run!" said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "New Jerseyans want to see their governor on the national stage, regardless of whether they support him or not."
Murray said residents feel a Christie-for-president campaign would be a plus for the state, especially if he were to win the primary and the overall race.
In a hypothetical 2016 matchup, poll respondents gave Christie a three-point lead over Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton (46-43 percent). Christie would have an easier time against fellow Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York; Christie garnered support from 52 percent of respondents, compared to Cuomo's 33 percent.
"Christie is looking like a decent bet to turn New Jersey's 14 electoral votes from blue to red," said Murray.
The poll also asked New Jersey residents about the line of succession if Gov. Christie were to resign. Only 40 percent knew that the state has an elected Lieutenant Governor to take his place. After nearly four years on the job, just 21 percent of Garden Staters were able to name Kim Guadagno as the Lieutenant Governor.