Poll: Hillary Clinton Would Beat Chris Christie by 10 Points in New Jersey

AP/Jason DeCrow
AP/Jason DeCrow
Trenton, NJ

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll has Hillary Clinton up over current Governor Chris Christie in his home state of New Jersey and also has her coming in with a higher approval rating.

The results suggest Christie would have a hard time winning the Electoral vote in his home state and that can’t be good.

Gov. Chris Christie won’t come close to winning New Jersey’s electoral votes if he runs for president and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll has found.

Forty-nine percent of registered voters in the state say they would support Clinton over Christie in a 2016 matchup, while 39 percent back the Republican governor. The gap between the two has remained around 10 points through much of the past year, pollster David Redlawsk said Monday.

Christie also trails Clinton by double digits in favorability ratings, 44 percent to 56.

Many New Jerseyans seem convinced that Christie has already shifted focus from the state he was elected to run, so as to be able to focus on a potential run for the White House in 2016.

Sixty-three percent of New Jersey voters expect Christie to run for president, compared to 57 percent when last polled in August. Voters also think Christie has Washington more on his mind than New Jersey, with 55 percent saying the governor’s choices in signing or vetoing bills have been more about a potential presidential run, rather than what’s good for the state.