Outgoing U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has a 42%-1% favorable rating among Republican voters, who by a 67%-4% margin want him to run for Governor in 2009. In a head to head poll with Democrat Jon Corzine, Republicans back Christie 76%-10%. Christie also leads Corzine among Independents, 38%-32%.
The data comes from a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
There is a silver lining for Steve Lonegan and other potential GOP gubernatorial candidates: a December 6, 2000 Quinnipiac poll had U.S. Rep. Bob Franks with a 51%-3% favorable rating and trailing Democrat James E. McGreevey by three points (38%-35%) in the 2001 gubernatorial camapaign. Franks lost the '01 GOP primary to Bret Schundler by a 57%-43% margin.