Just 22 percent of registered New Jersey voters support a 2012 presidential bid by Gov. Chris Christie, while 65 percent oppose and 12 percent are unsure, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. Thirty-six percent of voters think having a governor on the national stage helps New Jersey’s image, 42 percent say it makes no difference and 21 percent say it hurts the state’s image.
“The governor continues to deny any interest in running for president in 2012,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Given these numbers, that’s a pretty good thing. Every time we’ve asked about a presidential run, New Jersey voters have overwhelmingly opposed the idea.”
While chumming up to Fox News personalities on air and cultivating an image as a national-sized, Willie Stark antidote to President Barack Obama, Christie has repeatedly denied he’s running for president.
The results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 773 registered voters conducted with both landline and cell phone households from March 28 to April 4, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.