Republicans Want New Jersey Governor Christie to be Their Candidate for President

Bookmark and ShareA new Zogby poll has New Jersey Governor Chris Im Not Running Christie leading a potential field of Republican presidential contenders. This particular poll was conducted online, but it does demonstrate a certain degree of high name recognition and popularity for the rare conservative Northeat Republican.

Themost surprising tidbit to come out of the poll was that Christie was the only Republican to prove in the poll that he could go all the way and actuallybeat President Obama in a hypothetical match up. The lead was a mere 2%. with President Obama taking 40%, but it was enough to prove that Christie currently has one of the best shots at beating the President. Problem is, Christie has definitively stated that he will not be a candidate for President in 2012 and this poll apparently hasnt changed his mind. Nevertheless, if this snapshot of voter sentiments is accurate, Christie could prove to be a valuable asset for the lucky candidate that he does endorse in the Republican presidential contest.

Christie was already in high demand during the 2010 midterm elections when he campaigned for G.O.P. gubernatorial candidates.

After one year in office, the popularity of New Jerseys Governor is most likely due to three things. First, his blunt style and say it as it is attitude has been refreshing. He has held no punches, and been unafraid of touching political third rails. The other two factors that account for Christies popularity are his well known attempts to cut the state budget and close a near $11 billion gap and most responsible for his popularity is his combative approach to unions and attempts to get entitlements under control.

Christies request for meager concessions from unions, particularly the New Jersey Education Association, have led to a great deal of heated debate and even led one union leader to publicly wish for Christies death.

For sure, Christies popularity does not come from liberal quarters but his business not as usual leadership, has earned him high marks from conservatives and the ever important Independent vote. How long he can continue drawing such strong support from these groups is still unknown but for now, if he does keep to his word and foregoes his own run for President, he could have a big role in helping to determine who the next Republican nominee is.

As for the rest of the potential G.O.P. field, the Zogby poll showed that while Christie walked away with 27percentformer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took 17 percent, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had 16 percent, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee stood at 14 percent, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels received 5 percent, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and incumbent South Dakota Senator John Thune polled 2 percent each and 18 percent were unsure.

The biggest loser in this poll was President Obama. With only 40% supporting him, his number indicate that he has a long way to go if he wants to have a shot at a successful relection bid.

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