NEW YORK (CBNSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is brushing off a new poll that puts him in ninth place in the Republican presidential race.
The national Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday puts Donald Trump in the lead of the crowded race with 28 percent, followed by Ben Carson with 12 percent of the Republican support.
Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are tied for third.
Christie is in ninth place, behind Scott Walker, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina.
During an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Christie shrugged off the numbers, pointing out the poll has a margin of error of four points.
“These polls don’t mean anything right now, what matters is what matters to the American people,” Christie said.
When asked what’s going to keep him in the race, Christie responded, “the people of the country.”
“This country is incredibly frustrated and angry with a government that’s been completely inept and that has broken its promises to it and I’m going to continue to speak to that,” Christie said. “We’re gonna get out there, we’re gonna work really hard, we’re gonna make this happen.”
Norah O’Donnell questioned Christie about Trump’s popularity, despite several controversies, and the reluctance by the candidates to take on the real estate mogul and his views.
“You have been chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, you helped get more Republicans elected, you care about the party, so if you feel that someone in your party is misrepresenting the views in your party why wouldn’t you say so forcefully?” O’Donnell asked.
“There’s no one particular person on that stage that represents our party right now, that’s what this process is all about, and as this process continues people are going to emerge as the leaders of our party so let’s not anoint anybody as the leader of our party when we are five and a half months away from anybody even voting yet,” Christie said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field with 45 percent, but Christie believes she shouldn’t be running for president at all over her email controversy.
“She’s given up her right to run for president when she refused to answer questions and be held accountable by the people in this country,” Christie said.
The poll surveyed 1,563 registered voters nationwide between Aug. 20 and Aug. 25 with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
From August 20 – 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,563 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, including 666 Republicans with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points and 647 Democrats with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.