Today’s Monmouth University Poll finds that Gov. Chris Christie would pose a liability in his home state of New Jersey to billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump on a national ticket.
The poll suggests that if Trump taps Christie, the vice presidential nominee could put New Jersey out of play for the Republican slate.
According to the poll, more than 4-in-10 Garden State voters (42%) say they would be less likely to vote for Trump if Christie is his Number 2. Only 8% say they would be more likely to vote for a Trump-Christie ticket and nearly half (48%) say picking the governor would have no impact on their likelihood to support Trump. Among voters who are undecided about their choice, fully 51% say Christie as V.P. would be a turn-off, just 8% say his presence on the ticket would make them more likely to support Trump, and 33% say it would not influence their vote either way.
“Trump claims he can turn New Jersey competitive in November. These results suggest he probably needs to look elsewhere for a running mate if he wants to make that a reality,” said Murray.
On the Democratic side, the state’s junior U.S. Senator, Cory Booker, has been touted by the media as a potential V.P. pick for Clinton. The poll finds that this choice would do little to sway New Jersey voters, with 67% of voters saying it would not influence their choice either way. Of the remainder, 18% say they would be more likely to support Clinton with Booker on the ticket and 11% would be less likely. Among undecided voters specifically, 50% say Booker as running mate would not impact their vote in November, 26% would be more likely to support Clinton with the senator as her running mate and 13% would be less likely.
“Tapping Booker would be a no harm, no foul call for Clinton as far as New Jersey’s electoral votes are concerned,” said Murray.