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Former Gov. Chris Christie at the celebration of the life and legacy of Governor James Florio on October 3, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Monmouth poll: New Jerseyans dead-set against President Christie

Booker, Murphy both post better numbers, especially among Dem voters

By Joey Fox, January 11 2023 11:00 am

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has mused for years about another presidential run in 2024, but a new Monmouth University Poll released today shows that voters in his home state are deeply opposed to the idea of a President Christie.

According to the poll, just 20% of registered New Jersey voters think that Christie would make a good president, versus 73% who say he wouldn’t. The opposition holds across every demographic group; New Jerseyans young and old, Black and white, South and North are all united in their belief that Christie doesn’t belong in the White House.

Even among Republicans, just 34% say Christie would make a good president, while 60% say he wouldn’t. 

Christie isn’t the only New Jerseyan with presidential ambitions. Both U.S. Senator Cory Booker – who already ran for president once before in 2020 – and Gov. Phil Murphy are widely considered to be potential future candidates, though neither are likely to enter the 2024 race if President Joe Biden runs for a second term.

The Monmouth poll finds that New Jersey voters are torn on the possibility of a President Booker, with 40% saying he’d make a good president and 47% saying he wouldn’t. The opposition is driven largely by Republicans, who split 11%-79% against Booker; among Democrats, who would be the ones to decide Booker’s fate in a primary, the split is a solid 69%-20%.

Murphy also posts positive numbers among Democrats, but less so than Booker: 54% of Democrats say he’d make a good president versus 29% who say he wouldn’t. Thanks to a brutal 3%-90% split among Republicans, however, President Murphy gets a lackluster 31%-56% ratio overall.

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in the release accompanying the poll that Booker’s better numbers may stem from the fact that he, as a prominent member of the Senate, has a built-in national profile that Murphy lacks.

“One of the differences between Murphy and Booker is that Booker has stayed on the national stage after his 2020 run, and there’s a natural inclination to feel that a senator has his eyes on the White House,” Murray said.

In the same poll, both Murphy and Booker posted healthy job approval ratings, with Murphy at 52%-36% and Booker at 52%-33% – a clear sign that New Jerseyans are happier with them in their current roles rather than as presidential contenders.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from January 5-9 with a sample of 809 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 4.7%.

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