Chris Christie Would Win Re-Election Easily, Poll Shows [AUDIO]
There's bad news for any Democrat looking to unseat incumbent Governor Chris Christie in November. Released this morning, the very latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that if the election were to be held today, Christie would win in a landslide regardless of who the Democrats ultimately decide to run against him.
"The big thing obviously is the election coming up and in that one Christie dominates all of the Democrats," explains poll director Mickey Carroll. "These are great, great numbers for Governor Christie. He deserves re-election 68%-24% everybody says."
State Senator Barbara Buono remains the only official Democratic candidate for Governor.
Sweeney, Codey Contemplate Run
State Senate President Steve Sweeney and former Governor and current State Senator Dick Codey say they are mulling a run. At this moment in time, the survey suggests none of them would stand a chance against Christie.
"Senator Buono who seems to be picking up the establishment support is the weakest of the three," explains Carroll. "63%-22% Christie just demolishes her."
Christie leads the other possible Democratic challengers by margins of 2-1 or higher: 59% - 30% over Codey; and 61% - 25% over Sweeney. In these hypothetical match-ups, Christie also takes 30 to 35% of the Democratic vote.
Buono trails Codey almost 3-1 in the primary. She's neck and neck with Sweeney. Codey leads the Democratic primary pack with 28%, with Buono and Sweeney at 10% each. Early in the election cycle, 43% of Democrats are undecided.
In a very early look at the 2014 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg 51% - 30%. Jersey voters approve 50% - 34% of the job Sen. Lautenberg is doing, but say 45% - 36% he does not deserve to be reelected. Only 21% say Lautenberg's age gives him the wisdom and experience to do a good job as a U.S. Senator, while 71% say his age makes the work too difficult.
From January 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,647 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. The poll includes 616 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.