Voters like Chris Christie but aren’t sure he should run for president

Holly Bailey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to be on his way to winning re-election, but voters in his state aren’t so sure he should run for president.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 70 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing—one of the highest approval ratings for any governor in the country. Sixty-six percent of voters—including 44 percent of Democrats—say he deserves to win a second term this fall.

But voters are split on whether Christie should run for the White House—and whether he would make a good president. Forty-six percent of New Jersey voters want to see Christie run for president in 2016, compared with 47 percent who don’t. Meanwhile, just 41 percent of those polled say he would be a good president, compared with 44 percent who said he would not.

Still, the latest poll suggests Christie is on his way to a potential landslide victory this fall. He leads his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, by 35 points—60 percent to Buono’s 25 percent.

Christie has been dogged by questions about his health. But a majority of voters polled suggested they don’t really care if Christie is overweight.

Sixty-four percent said they are “comfortable” with an overweight candidate, compared with 17 percent who said it causes them to have “some reservations.”

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.