Poll: Christie trails Fla. Republicans in presidential race
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo
By PolitickerNJ Staff | January 31st, 2014 - 9:13am
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TRENTON – A new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows that Gov. Chris Christie has lost traction in the 2016 presidential race when matched against Florida Republicans.

The poll also shows Christie on the wrong side of the numbers when matched against Hillary Clinton, trailing the former Secretary of State 51-35 percent.

Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush leads a hypothetical Republican primary with 25 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 16 percent, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 11 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 9 percent, and Christie with 9 percent – down from 14 percent in a Nov. 22 poll, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin with 5 percent.

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie isn’t finding any sun in the Sunshine State” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release.

“'Bridgegate' is having a negative effect on his presidential fortunes in Florida.  Since Florida is the nation’s largest swing state, and one of the early primary states, the numbers are not good news for the New Jersey governor as he tries to weather the storm from the controversy.”

Brown added that “Among all voters, Christie’s numbers have fallen and the closest Republican in matchups with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still Jeb Bush.”

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