After his impressive victory in New Jersey last month, some critics have claimed that Governor Christie’s appeal is limited to the northeast. Sure, he might be able to win in Jersey, they argued, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have appeal elsewhere in the country.
That pushback against the Governor took a hit Monday when a Republican polling firm, Harper Polling, found Christie leading prospective Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 43-38 in Iowa.
Other Republicans fared less well in a head-to-head match up with Hillary. Clinton topped Sen. Ted Cruz 47-40. The results were similar, 47-41, for Sen. Rand Paul. Clinton’s lead was narrower against Rep. Paul Ryan 46-43 and Sen. Marco Rubio 45-41.
Perhaps just as important for Christie, when Harper Polling asked who Iowans would select if the Presidential Caucus was being held today 18 percent said Christie, which tied Sen. Ted Cruz. Other notable Republicans including Sen. Paul (12%) and Rick Santorum (10%) also did well.