New Jersey Democrats like Gov. Phil Murphy but they don’t want him to run for president; Republicans in New Jersey don’t want former Gov. Chris Christie to run for president, mostly because they don’t like him.
That’s what the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll found when they asked New Jerseyans whether they want Murphy and Christie to run for president in 2024.
Half of Democrats polled (50%) say that Murphy should not seek the presidency, but 30% think he should.
The idea of a Murphy for President campaign is a mythical question that would only be considered if Joe Biden decides not to seek re-election. Biden said today that his “intention is to run” again, and promised a final answer next year.
The poll puts Murphy’s approval rating at 40%-42%, but among Democrats, he’s at 67%-5%.
When it comes to Christie running for president, 80% of Republicans in the former governor’s home state are opposed to another White House run and a mere 12% want him to enter the race.
“Democrats are relatively happy with the job Murphy is doing as governor,” Cassino said. “ But there’s just no appetite to see either of these guys run at the national level.”
Christie sought the presidency in 2016 and dropped out of the race one day after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire GOP primary with just 7% of the vote. He quickly endorsed Donald Trump and maintained a close relationship with him until just after the 2020 election.
“Going back and forth between cozying up to Trump and attacking him means that Christie has managed to alienate just about everyone in the Republican Party,” said Cassino. “If he wants any kind of constituency in 2024, he’s going to have to hope for a widespread outbreak of political amnesia.”
The poll was conducted between October 24 and November 1 with a sample size of 801 registered voters and a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.