Governor 2017: most Dems don’t know who they want; 27% prefer Codey

As Gov. Chris Christie paws at presidential turf 2016, some Democrats continue to gnaw at his heels, and Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll is there to monitor their movements.

According to this morning’s FDU Poll, nearly three quarters of Republicans (74%) don’t know who they’d like to run on their ticket for the state’s next governor, with the rest divided among the current lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno (12%), “someone else” (11%), and state senator Jon Bramnick (4%).

On the Democratic side, more than a half of respondents say they’re uncertain when asked who they’d prefer as their nominee, with about a quarter (27%) choosing former governor and current State Senator Richard Codey. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney garners 9 percent support, “someone else” gets 6 percent, and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop garners 3 percent support.

Among those who chose “someone else” and were asked whom they might like to see run, few could identify anyone. The occasional Cory Booker and Barbara Buono were mentioned, according to the poll, but the majority just said anyone but the names already mentioned.

“Taken as a whole, these numbers basically show that thinking about political leadership post-Governor Christie isn’t on many people’s radars. It’s a long way to 2017, and the field is wide open to those considering a run as Christie’s successor,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “The sizable lead Senator Codey has over other Democrats is likely a sign of name recognition given his long history in New Jersey politics serving in various capacities. As we found earlier this year, Dick Codey trumps others not only in name recognition, but favorability as well. The take away from these number is this: Both Republicans and Democrats will have to determine how to define New Jersey’s future in the post-Christie years, and who ends up carrying that mantle into the future for either side is, as of yet, undistinguished.”

Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted its poll of 721 registered voters in New Jersey by telephone with both landline and cell phones from September 1 through September 7. The poll has a margin of error of +/-3.7 percentage points.

Governor 2017: most Dems don’t know who they want; 27% prefer Codey