Christie maintains commanding lead over Buono, poll shows

Gov. Chris Christie maintains his commanding lead against presumptive challenger Sen. Barbara Buono, the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today shows.

Buono, the Democratic challenger, trails Republican Christie 58 – 26 percent, according to the poll.

“She’s running an energetic campaign, piling up endorsements, but State Sen. Barbara Buono, who wants to be New Jersey’s next governor, hasn’t been able to introduce herself yet to New Jersey voters,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release.

Christie leads 55 – 27 percent among women, 63 – 25 percent among men, 92 – 3 percent among Republicans and 64 – 18 percent among independent voters.   Buono leads 52 – 30 percent among Democrats, the poll found.

New Jersey voters approve 67 – 24 percent of the job Christie is doing and say 66 – 26 percent that he deserves re-election.  By a 66 – 24 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of the governor.

For Buono, 78 percent don’t know enough to form an opinion, compared to 79 percent last month.

However, voters say 45 – 38 percent they want the Democrats to maintain control of the State Legislature.

A total of 59 percent of New Jersey voters are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the way things are going in the state today, while 40 percent are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied,” the poll showed.

Menendez approval

The approval rating for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has rebounded somewhat from a previous poll.

New Jersey voters approve 44 – 32 percent of the job Menendez is doing, up from 40 – 37 percent March 27 and a negative 36 – 41 percent Feb. 21, in the wake of allegations of impropriety. 

Voters say 39 – 32 percent that Sen. Menendez is honest and trustworthy, also continuing an upward climb.

Menendez had to endure reports earlier this year alleging sex with underage prostitutes, although Associated Press reported last month that the women who made the allegations said they were paid to do so.

He still has to contend with inquiries into his association with a donor and his role in advocating on the donor’s behalf on two business dealings.

“Has Sen. Robert Menendez weathered all those bad headlines?   His job approval is inching up and, although they want an investigation, a third of New Jerseyans think the stuff was politically motivated,” Carroll said.

From April 19 – 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,112 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. 

Christie maintains commanding lead over Buono, poll shows