New Jersey Likes the Old Rudy

A Quinnipiac poll of registered voters in New Jersey has Rudy Giuliani leading Hillary Clinton 50 to 41 percent in that state. Giuliani’s strength is in stark contrast to President Bush’s stunningly low numbers in that state.

So the trick for Giuliani will be to make sure that even as he sells himself to red state voters as a who-knew conservative and a Bush ally, his Democratic-leaning fans in the New York suburbs continue to see him as an independent-minded moderate. Easy, right?

From the poll:

New Jersey voters give Giuliani a 66 – 20 percent favorability rating.

New Jersey voters disapprove 70 – 26 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, tying his lowest score ever in the Garden State.

Voters disapprove 75 – 22 percent of the President’s handling of the war in Iraq and say 64 – 32 percent that going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do.

– Azi Paybarah