What do you get when you cross high personal approval ratings for the retired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with record approval ratings for the very-active New Jersey Governor Chris Christie?
A serious matchup for 2016 — at least in the Garden State.
Voters in the seriously blue state of New Jersey are in love with the humorously popular Christie: Giving the Republican governor a 74-percent approval rating in the lastest Quinnipiac University poll released today — a record for any New Jersey governor in Quinnipiac’s 17 years of polling there. Accordingly, voters also support his re-election, by 71-23 percent.
At the same time, New Jersey’s voters have a 67 percent favorable view of Clinton, the former chief diplomat, senator from New York and first lady who has stepped out of public office and joined a lucrative speaking circuit. That pretty much matches the view that voters hold of Clinton nationally.
So, match the two on a hypothetical ballot in 2016, and New Jersey’s voters — at least today — side with Clinton by a margin of 49-45 percent, which is basically a tie, statistically, in a survey with a 2.9 percent margin of error. The survey of 1,1149 registered voters was run Feb. 13-17.