Poll: Christie clinging to 35-point lead in New Jersey
posted at 2:45 pm on March 27, 2013 by Guy Benson
Erika’s got you covered on Virginia’s gubernatorial race, which remains nip-and-tuck in the early stages (see my Townhall post on why today’s mixed polling result contains relatively good news for conservatives). Of course, there’s another major race coming up in November, but it’s shaping up to be far less dramatic. The Christie train just keeps on chuggin‘ in Jersey:
Seven months before New Jersey voters go to the polls, Gov. Chris Christie continues to enjoy a more than 2-1 lead over his most likely Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Although Ms. Buono is expected to win her party’s June primary, polls show Mr. Christie beating her 60%-25% in the November gubernatorial contest.
Mr. Christie’s advantage comes with a 70% job approval rating. This result continues the governor’s “four-month string of +70 percent approval ratings, the highest score of any governor in the seven states surveyed” by Quinnipiac…The poll finds Mr. Christie maintaining leads among men and women. He defeats Ms. Buono in every region of the state, the poll press release notes, including 48%-36% “in urban areas, normally Democratic strongholds.” While a vein of national Republicans grumbled at Mr. Christie’s November embrace of President Obama in the days after the fall storm, 90% of New Jersey Republicans are standing by their man.
Christie’s massive advantage may have implications down-ticket, too, as money continues to pour in to the incumbent’s coffers:
This year, all 120 legislative seats are up for re-election, 40 in the senate and 80 in the lower house. Republicans are especially hopeful of snagging a net gain of five senate seats to win control of the upper chamber. Mr. Christie’s huge lead in the polls has made itself felt in fundraising. The Republican enjoys a growing gap in campaign funds. He has collected 10 times as much money as Ms. Buono as of the last fundraising reports in December.
I’ve made my thoughts on Chris Christie very clear: He’s a flawed conservative, but an effective leader and a hell of a communicator. He’s the most popular elected Republican in America, a fact that conservatives dismiss at their peril. But unless some unforeseen calamity befalls the Big Man’s juggernaut, he’s going to win in a landslide. Democrats know this, which is why they’re preparing to run a pro forma campaign in the Garden State. The Left’s resources and passion will instead funnel into Virginia, where conservative state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be portrayed as a foaming-at-the-mouth “extremist.” The press will align against him, as it did against Bob McDonnell four years ago. OFA will also be active, seeking to build on the president’s Virginia victory last year. Make no mistake, this will be the Left’s trophy race this fall. Even those conservatives who may be inclined to donate or work on Chris Christie’s behalf ought to consider that Cuccinelli’s the guy who really needs dollars and foot soldiers for the battle ahead.