Chris Christie's the most popular Governor PPP's polled on all year, and he looks pretty safe for reelection next year. But New Jersey voters still aren't sold on him as a Presidential candidate in 2016.
67% of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie's doing to only 25% who disapprove. He's at 91/8 among Republicans, 65/28 among independents, and 56/32 even among Democrats. Christie's standing outpaces outgoing New Hampshire Governor John Lynch whose 62% approval rating had previously made him the most popular in our polling. 89% of voters approve of how Christie handled Hurricane Sandy to only 9% who disapprove.
Christie would far outpace any of the Democrats who have been discussed as potential candidates for Governor. He leads Cory Booker 50-36, Richard Codey 53-31, Steve Sweeney 57-20, and Barbara Buono 60-20. Against Sweeney and Buono Christie actually wins the Democratic vote, something I don't think PPP has ever found a candidate in any contest we've ever polled doing across party lines. We threw Bruce Springsteen into the poll just for fun and despite a 54/23 favorability rating even he trails Christie by a 61/25 margin in a hypothetical match up.
Booker is the clear first choice of Democrats for who they'd like as their candidate next year. 46% pick him to 23% for Codey with Buono at 7% and Sweeney at 6% far behind.
Despite Christie's massive popularity only 38% of voters in the state want him to run for President in 2016 compared to 44% who don't want to see him make a bid. Christie would trail Hillary Clinton 52-40 in a hypothetical match up among New Jersey voters, although he would lead Joe Biden 47-41 and Andrew Cuomo 50-35. That's not really a knock on Christie so much as it is a testament to Clinton's popularity- 67% of voters in the state see her favorably to only 27% with a negative view.
Clinton's the clear top choice on the Democratic side with 58% of voters preferring her to 12% each for Joe Biden and Andrew Cuomo and 6% for Elizabeth Warren with no one else rising above 2%. In a Clinton and Bidenless field Cuomo leads with 37% to 14% for Warren, 4% for Deval Patrick, 3% for Martin O'Malley, 2% for Mark Warner, and 1% for Brian Schweitzer.
Full results here