Poll: Chris Christie Dominates Barbara Buono in N.J. Governor's Race

Christie remains extremely popular with NJ voters.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads his Democratic challenger by 28 percentage points in a new poll.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the outspoken Republican up for re-election in 2013, continues to dominate his Democratic opponent state Sen. Barbara Buono in polling.

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He leads her 58 percent to 30 percent in the latest survey by Quinnipiac University released Thursday.

"The big election is still the race between Gov. Christopher Christie and State Sen. Barbara Buono and the governor's 2 to 1 lead remains un-dented after months of polling," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a memo accompanying the polling results. "Sen. Buono is down 3-1 among independent voters and even loses 30 percent of Democratic voters to Christie. There's no point even counting Republicans."

Though Christie trails Buono by about 2 to 1 among Democrats, he virtually ties her among 'urban' voters, 43 percent for Buono compared to 42 percent for Christie and trounces her among 'suburban' and 'shore' voters.

Christie earned conservative kudos for his blunt style and penchant for taking on teachers unions to help rein in state spending, surfacing as a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate. He delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Convention and was a top surrogate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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But some in the Republican Party have soured on Christie for embracing a visit by President Barack Obama to the Jersey shore following Hurricane Sandy's landfall in the month before the election. He has also recently been in a high-profile spat with tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., over the role of the federal government in disaster relief, among other issues.

Buono has tried to connect Christie to the more unpopular national Republican brand but to no avail.

The poll surveyed 2,042 registered voters between Aug. 1 and Aug. 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percent.

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