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Poll: NJ Voters Split On Whether Gov. Christie Would Make Good President

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — With just one week before New Jersey voters decide on their next governor, a new poll shows little doubt that incumbent Republican Chris Christie will ease into a second term.

But it’s what comes after that that’s got some people wondering.

The numbers in the Quinnipiac poll are overwhelming enough to perhaps cause a little concern within the Christie camp, according to poll director Mickey Carroll.

“Christie, 64 to 31 (percent) over Senator (Barbara) Buono in the race for governor,” Carroll notes.

Which, Carroll points out, could lead some Christie supporters to sit out the election.   Still, Carroll thinks, it won’t be enough to change the outcome, but it could tighten those numbers a bit.

Which leads to the next question on the survey:

“Should he run for president? Well, New Jerseyans aren’t so sure,” Caroll tells KYW Newsradio.

Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed in the state said yes, 41 percent said no.   And they’re evenly divided over whether Christie would make a good president.

As for whether lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno might be a good replacement for Christie in the state capital, 70 percent couldn’t answer that question.

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