Republican Gov. Chris Christie might be making inroads among the party’s elites — or so would suggest a conversation PolitickerNJ had with National Republican Committeeman Bob Asher on Wednesday night — but among the primary voters that make up the real currency of presidential races, he looks a little lost.
A new poll from Suffolk University finds Christie lagging among other potential GOP candidates for the 2016 nomination in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are early favorites. Bush was the first choice of 19 percent, followed by Walker (14 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent), and businessman Donald Trump, who was testing the waters in New Hampshire last week, (6 percent).
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who became the first official candidate to jump into the race this week, and Christie were tied at 5 percent each, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied with 3 percent, according the the poll.