TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — In a hypothetical field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates, the only one who would beat President Barack Obama is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, according to a new Zogby International poll.

Despite those results and the recent election day Republican landslide, Christie said Obama should not be worried.

“I’m sure the president is resting easy…knowing that the only person who’s beating him in the poll will once again declare that I’m not running for President of the United States,” Christie told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg Tuesday.

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According to poll, Christie would edge out the president 43 to 40 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be neck-and-neck with the president, who would still beat potential challengers Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. Newt Gingrich was not even on the list.

Pollster John Zogby spoke with WCBS 880 Tuesday and said the poll showed that respondents were “not enamored with the other candidates” and that those White House hopefuls could have split each others’ votes.

WCBS Anchor Steve Scott’s full interview with John Zogby for the full explanation of the results.
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LINK: Full Results of the Zogby International poll

“Well I think that’s good news for the president since I’m not running,” Christie reiterated.

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The governor also tried to remain humble in light of the hypothetical outcome.

“I’m just a kid from Livingston, who walked up [former New Jersey Gov.] Tom Kean’s driveway when I was 14 and he got me hooked into this political thing. Little did anyone think that I would actually lead any kind of presidential poll,” Christie said.

Zogby said one of the most important things to take away from the poll was that the president was polling in the low 40’s against the Republican candidates.

The results, Zogby said, were “not good for an incumbent” and suggested “maybe the big loser in this poll right now is President Obama,” he said.

And if Christie sticks to his position of not running for the highest office in the land, the runner-up for Republicans, according to the poll, would be “not sure/other.”

Zogby International conducted the poll from Dec. 30, 2010 to Jan. 3, 2011 and it had a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent.


Comments (11)
  1. All I know is that I am working at a big biotherapeutic corporation in Clayton NC and I support Barack Obama with all my being. I invite all my friends and colleagues to say yes for Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA

    1. jerry says:

      God help you Diane Pierce to become more educated about the needs of our country to rid itself of Obama and his band of thugs and thieves. If you want to get giddy about a black president then look at Herman Cain and help him. .

  2. Texasforever says:

    how about when a man does what he says, even when it is not popular, and does not have to look like a male model, but a regular guy?

  3. ifyouaskme says:

    Christie is the only politician with a backbone to make tough choices. He remains me of Ronald Regan. All the other me-too politicians are just idiots full of rhetorics if you know who i am talking about

    1. mab says:

      He has got my vote!

  4. Just Sayin' says:

    I doubt that 43% of Americans could even pick Christie out of a lineup. This poll sounds like bunk.

  5. Hornet Montana says:

    When does Christie give his State of the State speech? Next week?

    1. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:


  6. Pollbuster says:

    What CBS failed to tell you was that the Zogby Poll is an internet poll, which is unscientific, and total garbage.

  7. Fanta Fantazamaraz says:

    No matter who sits in the Oval office….a mere mortal cannot easily resolve America’s war nightmares and economic dilemmas !

  8. CristiesSucks says:

    That poll is about the only thing Krispy Kreme Cristie could run for, anyway!!! When did fat bullies become fashionable????

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