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Poll: New Jersey Voters Want Christie To Run For President

Incumbent Also Poised To Easily Win Reelection, Quinnipiac Poll Finds
Gov. Chris Christie shakes a woman's hand in Little Ferry, NJ during a visit with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, August 20, 2013. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Gov. Chris Christie shakes a woman’s hand in Little Ferry, NJ during a visit with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, August 20, 2013. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

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TRENTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Things are looking up for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie.

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely New Jersey voters released Tuesday shows 48 percent say they would like to see the Republican run for president in 2016. Forty-one percent would not.

However, they are evenly divided on whether Christie would make a good president. Most Republicans surveyed say yes, most Democrats say no, and 43 percent of independent voters say Christie would compared to 39 percent who say he wouldn’t.

Christie also appears poised to cruise to victory in the race for governor against challenger Barbara Buono. The poll of likely voters show him in the lead 64-31 percent.

“The election looks like a runaway. Even almost a third of Democrats pick Christie over State Sen. Barbara Buono. She’s been an energetic campaigner, but more than a third of voters don’t know enough about her to decide whether or not they like her,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Christie told CBS This Morning he’s also in good shape, physically.

“My health is really good,” Christie said. “We released the medical records on Friday. They’ve also seen the job for the last four years, I don’t think they’re concerned that I can’t, as my doctor reported in my report, my weight loss has been good and steady.”

The telephone survey of 1,203 likely New Jersey voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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