A majority of New Jersey residents believe Gov. Chris Christie could be headed for the campaign trail as a Vice Presidential candidate alongside Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.
But more than two thirds – 68 percent – say he doesn’t have the “right kind of personality to be vice president.”
The numbers are part of a new Quinnipiac University poll released today that also puts the governor’s job approval rating at 53 percent against 39 percent who do not approve of Christie’s performance.
Christie’s job approval numbers have dropped slightly since November when his approval rating stood at 56 to 38 and more precipitously since October after he ended his dalliance with a presidential bid when his favorable hit 58 to 38.
“Gov. Christopher Christie for VP? A majority think he might get it, but a much larger number agree with the Gov when he says he’s not right for the job,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Christie graded himself a B plus for his first two years in office, a score roughly half of residents agree with. But another half of respondents to the poll said the governor’s mark falls well below that and gave him a C or worse.
Christie is still far less popular among women than men. Women approve of Christie by a margin of 47 percent to 43 percent, while 60 percent of men approve of the job he’s going against just 34 percent who disapprove.
The poll puts Romney well ahead of the GOP field in the Presidential contest, with 41 percent of respondents picking the former governor. The next closest challenger is former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum at 15 percent followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at 12 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 2 percent.
But New Jersey residents still favor President Obama, giving him a 48 to 38 percent victory over Romney.
On the Senate front, 45 percent of those polled say U. S. Sen. Bob Menendez deserves re-election against 38 percent who say he doesn’t. Respondents put the senators approval rating at 42 to 39, but in a head to head match up against a generic Republican opponent, Menendez cruises to victory by a 46 to 35 percent margin.