Most of NJ Thinks Christie Is Eyeing White House Run: Poll

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:16 AM EDT
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Most Think Christie Is Eyeing Presidential Run: Poll

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seen as a potential presidential candidate.

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A new poll shows a majority of New Jerseyans think Gov. Chris Christie is eyeing a presidential run, and many believe he's already planning his next campaign.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll out Wednesday finds nearly two-thirds believe Christie wants to run for president in 2016. He's currently seeking a second term as New Jersey's governor.

More than half of the respondents say Christie has the right temperament and experience to be president. But one-third say his personality is wrong for the job and 37 percent say he's too inexperienced.

The poll also examined if Christie’s weight could play a role in his run.

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“Is Chris Christie too fat or too much of a bully to be president? Most New Jerseyans say no,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Some people suspect that a 2016 run figures into Christie’s policy decisions, but it does not necessarily undercut his performance as governor.”

The poll shows 61 percent believe Christie is healthy enough to be president, while 20 percent say he's not.

The telephone survey of 783 adults was taken Sept. 6-10. It has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

 


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