Voters in New Jersey are not standing behind their “Jersey Guy” for election to President and neither are votes in the Garden State according to a report by Reuters.
The appeal of Governor Chris Christie to run for president continues but is sliding rapidly according to a new poll.
Quinnipiac University conducted a phone poll of nearly 1,500 people to find out the prospects of Chris Christie and of other Republicans who are running or likely to run for the top job in the White House.
According to the poll Chris Christie and any other Republican candidate would lose out to Hilary Clinton if it came down to it, despite the fact that Hilary Clinton has not even officially declared that she is in the running to follow in the footsteps of her husband and run for the position of president.
According to Reuters, among voters in the traditionally blue state, Clinton tops Christie 50 percent to 39 percent; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 53 to 31; Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 55 to 31; and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney 52 to 35 percent, according to poll results.
Chris Christie has always been popular in his home state but it seems that this popularity has begun to wain in recent months with Reuters quoting figures from the poll as showing 45 percent of voters opting for Christie versus 49 percent for Clinton in February 2013, 42 percent for Christie versus 50 percent for Clinton in August 2014 and 39 percent for Christie versus 50 percent for Clinton in December 2014, the survey showed.
The possible reason for the lack of support at home for Chris Christie is being cited as being due to what is commonly being called “Bridgegate”, referring to an enormous traffic jam in September 2013 over the George Washington Bridge that led to political problems for the governor.
The poll’s assistant director, Maurice Carroll told Reuters: “It’s hurt him. Bad headlines translate into bad polls.”
He added: “When you say ‘Jersey Guy’ some people think of a guy who likes to pick a fight, others say it’s someone who tells it like it is. Christie doesn’t take any crap.”
The poll was conducted by landline and mobile phones from December 3 until December 8 and is reported to have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.