TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has sworn up and down he will not run for president next year. But that doesn’t stop people from asking about it.

A newly released poll suggests, at least in his home state, thathe’s probably better off staying out of that race.

Christie last month told the National Review that, if he ran against President Obama, he’d win. The latest Quinnipiac University poll of New Jersey voters might take him down a peg.

“They think 60 percent to 33 percent that Obama would win a matchup like that, and 52 percent to 39 percent say they would vote for Obama,” poll director Maurice Carroll said.

The President gets a 51 percent job approval rating, compared to 47 for the Governor. And Christie’s numbers are slipping a little — down from 52 in February.

But if some in the media don’t buy the governor’s repeated insistence that he’s staying in Trenton, this poll suggests most of the people do — 53 percent take Christie at his word.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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