President Barack Obama would carry New Jersey in 2012, even if Gov. Chris Christie were the Republican nominee, according to a poll released by Public Policy Polling.
The polling firm decided to see what the outcome would be if they pitted Christie, a new darling of the national Republican Party against Obama, who would be seeking a second term.
The poll of New Jerseyans found Obama with a lead over not only Christie but former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The poll found Obama would win 55 percent of the New Jersey vote and Christie 38 percent. It also found Romney and Gringrich would each get 37 percent of the vote against Obama. It further found Obama, would handily defeat Palin in New Jersey.
The poll found Christie's job approval rating is 48 percent favorable compared to 45 percent unfavorable in New Jersey. Obama's job approval is 51 percent with 43 percent disapproval. A second poll released Tuesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University, found 53 percent of New Jerseyans approve of Christie's job as governor, while 36 percent disapprove.
The survey of 520 New Jersey voters was conducted Jan. 6 through Sunday and after Christie was criticized for taking a vacation to Florida during the post-Christmas snow storm.