Majority of N.J. residents believe Christie wants to run for president in 2016

Gov. Chris Christie may be keeping mum on whether he plans to make a bid for the White House in

Gov. Chris Christie may be keeping mum on whether he plans to make a bid for the White House in 2016, but a majority of New Jerseyans say the governor has the presidency on his mind, according to a new poll.

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A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Wednesday indicates that more than 60 percent of New Jersey residents believe Christie wants to run for president in 2016. According to the poll, 40 percent of residents say he is already planning his campaign despite being in the midst of a current campaign to be re-elected as governor.

A majority of Garden State residents also think their governor has the right temperament and experience to be president, 56 percent and 53 percent of residents, respectively. Additionally, 61 percent of residents say Christie is healthy enough for the job.

“Is Chris Christie too fat or too much of a bully to be president?  Most New Jerseyans say no,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “Some people suspect that a 2016 run figures into Christie’s policy decisions, but it does not necessarily undercut his performance as governor.”

Currently, 44 percent of New Jerseyans say that Christie is more concerned with governing the state of New Jersey compared to 38 percent who say he is more concerned with his own political future, according to the poll. Another 12 percent volunteer that he is balancing both concerns equally.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 783 New Jersey adults from Sept. 6 to 10, 2013 with a sample margin of error of + 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the Asbury Park Press and its sister publications.

 

Majority of N.J. residents believe Christie wants to run for president in 2016