Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor, is born to run — right over his idol.
The 50-year-old Republican, who declared his candidacy for a second term Nov. 26, would beat the Democrat-backing balladeer Bruce Springsteen, 63, in next year’s election, according to a survey released today by Raleigh, North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling.
“We threw Bruce Springsteen into the poll just for fun,” Public Policy said on its Web-site.
The governor has attended more than 100 Springsteen concerts and displays an autographed guitar in his Trenton office. The two embraced at a Hurricane Sandy relief concert Nov. 2. They gabbed again Nov. 5, on the eve of the presidential election, when Barack Obama, talking to Christie by phone from Air Force One, passed the phone to Springsteen, a passenger.
The rocker, whom fans call “The Boss,” has recorded albums including “Born to Run” and “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.”
He has a favorability rating of 54 percent to 23 percent, the poll showed.
When asked their choice for governor, though, 61 percent of voters surveyed picked Christie and 25 percent Springsteen.
Christie has record public support a month after Hurricane Sandy, the biggest Atlantic storm in history, killed 38 people in the state and decimated parts of the coast, whose resort towns and boardwalks Christie has called “the Jersey shore of my youth.”
Quinnipiac University poll last week showed him with a 72 percent approval rating, the highest for a New Jersey governor. Ninety-five percent rated his handling of the disaster good or excellent.
Cory Booker, the 43-year-old Newark mayor, would be the front-running Democrat in the governor’s race, 14 points behind Christie, the PPP poll found. It surveyed 600 New Jersey voters with automated phone interviews from Nov. 26-28. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Kevin Roberts and Michael Drewniak, spokesmen for Christie, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. We haven’t tried to call Springsteen because, uh, he isn’t running.