With Bloomberg in race, Romney would run third in N.J.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would get a significant percentage of New Jersey votes if he ran for President, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters.

In a hypothetical match up against John Edwards and Mitt Romney, Bloomberg garnered 23% of the Jersey vote – behind Edwards’s 44%, but ahead of Romney’s 19%. His numbers weren’t as strong if an imaginary election against fellow New Yorkers Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, in which he would get 13%, way behind Clinton and Giuliani at 42% and 39%, respectively. If it was between Bloomberg, Barack Obama and Fred Thompson, Bloomberg would get 19%, behind Obama at 43% and Thompson at 27 %.

The poll notes that Bloomberg’s numbers were stronger with men than with women, and that “it is impossible to measure the actual impact of a Bloomberg candidacy at this time. If he were to spend a billion dollars and find a compelling theme that resonated with voters, the poll data might shift dramatically.”

With Bloomberg in race, Romney would run third in N.J.