Most NJ Voters Expect Christie To Run For President, But Are Unsure About His Chances

Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

NEW BRUNSWICK – A clear majority of New Jersey’s registered voters expect Gov. Chris Christie to run for president in 2016, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. As voters geared up for last week’s gubernatorial election, 59 percent said Christie would run, while 19 percent thought he would not. Twenty-two percent were unsure.

At the same time, voters are much less sure that the governor’s tough-guy attitude will go over well on the national stage. Thirty-six percent think it will, but 46 percent say voters across the country will not like his attitude.  Just 4 percent say it will not make a difference, and another 14 percent are unsure.

Forty-five percent of voters thought Christie will resign to run, and 33 percent expected him to finish his term, including those who said he would run without resigning. Twenty-three percent were uncertain whether the governor will complete his second term.

Most voters see no conflict between Christie considering a presidential run and New Jersey’s needs. A plurality (44 percent) views Christie’s stance on issues and extensive nationwide travel as “doing what’s best for New Jersey.” But a third thinks Christie is more focused on running for president. Another 10 percent say Christie has been doing a bit of both, while 13 percent are undecided.

“Many voters agree with Christie’s assertion that, when it comes to governing New Jersey while considering a 2016 presidential run, he can ‘walk and chew gum at the same time,'” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University.

Results are from a statewide poll of 804 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from Oct. 28 – Nov 2.

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