He hasn’t declared his candidacy but a new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Governor Christie would have to work hard to carry his own state in a run for president.
Pollster Maurice Carroll says most New Jersey voters surveyed do not believe Governor Christie would make a good president.
“Shades of Woodrow Wilson,” said Carroll. “The only New Jersey guy that’s ever been elected president did it without New Jersey you know, and if Christie should emulate him apparently according to the Quinnipiac numbers at least, the current numbers, he’d have to do it again.”
Carroll says Christie would do better against Hillary Clinton than the other potential Republican presidential candidates might, but still trails her in the Quinnipiac poll by 11 points.
He says some of it has to do with the stat’s reputation, not just Christie. “Forty-nine-to-43 [percent] New Jersey says that the nation is not ready for a New Jersey guy for president.”
If Christie does decide to make a White House run, Carroll says New Jersey residents want him to quit the Governor’s job and let Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno take over.