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Poll: Christie trails Clinton in N.J.

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In a hypothetical 2016 presidential race, Gov. Chris Christie would trail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found.

The poll found that Clinton currently leads Christie by a margin of eight percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent.

Both Christie and Clinton each share 85 percent support from voters of their own political parties, but Clinton also leads among independent voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.

“As Gov. Christopher Christie traipses around the nation, his presidential potential seems alive, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the adopted girl next door, easily beats him in his home state,” poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said.

And while the majority of voters find Clinton favorable, by a margin of 60 percent to 38 percent, Christie’s favorability remains split at 47 percent, the poll found.

While other potential Republican nominees also received mixed favorability ratings, Christie performs better against Clinton in New Jersey than anyone else, according to the poll.

Still, most New Jersey voters, 55 percent, believe Christie would not make for a good president. Just 39 percent reported otherwise.

And while 46 percent of voters said Christie should run for president, 49 percent begged to differ, the poll found.

“His New Jersey neighbors don’t think Christie would be a good president and almost half of them don’t want him to run,” Carroll said.

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Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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