STATE – Although he was criticized for vacationing in Florida while Garden State residents dealt with the worst winter storm in recent memory, Gov. Chris Christie still remains popular with Republicans.
According to a new Zogby Interactive poll conducted between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, 27 percent of Republican voters would choose Christie if he is on the 2012 Presidential ballot. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the choice of 17 percent, while 16 percent favored former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Among all voters, Christie outpolled President Barack Obama 43 percent to 40 percent in a hypothetical match up. Romney and Obama tied at 41 percent, while the President had more support than any of the other hypothetical Republican candidates.
“Christie’s blunt talk about public employees and his aggressive actions on the New Jersey state budget have made him very popular both within the Republican Party and with independents,” said pollster John Zogby. “His style and appearance would present quite the contrast to that of the President. He adds not only an alternative governing philosophy, but also real efforts at cutting spending. If he decided to run, Christie could quickly oust Romney as the favorite of establishment Republicans. Our results are not good news for Palin. She isn’t winning independents, and despite her star power with conservatives, she is not their first choice to take on Obama.”
The poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent. Questions asked of Republicans had a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.
Last week, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee encouraged its members to conduct a viral internet campaign against Christie through a website asking “Where In The World Is Gov. Chris Christie?”
“Partying with Mickey Mouse while serious incidents are happening back home isn’t leadership. This is just the latest time that Christie has left the state at a critical moment — putting his own interests above New Jersey’s,” the PCCC co-founder Adam Green wrote.
“It just rolls off my back,” Christie said of criticism about his absence from the state. “If you’re going to let this kind of stuff bother you then you’re not going to last long in this job, and I expect to be in this job a long time.”
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