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Buono Gains Ground Against Christie In New Poll

St. Sen. Barbara Buono and Gov. Chris Christie (credits: Barbara Buono for NJ, Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

St. Sen. Barbara Buono and Gov. Chris Christie (credits: Barbara Buono for NJ, Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - Gov. Chris Christie continues to maintain a strong lead in his re-election bid. But the woman who wants to defeat him in November is gaining some ground in a new poll.

A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday shows Christie holds a 30-point lead among registered voters surveyed. That’s down from 42-points in a Rutgers-Eagleton survey conducted in February.

The new poll shows Christie’s support has dropped six points while Democrat Barbara Buono¬†gained six points.

However, Buono continues to suffer from name recognition and 61 percent of her supporters expect the state senator to lose.

The survey shows Christie has a 65 to 16 percent lead among independent voters.

The survey of 819 registered voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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