This article originated on watchdog.org.
Most New Jersey voters expect Chris Christie to run for president in 2016 ??? and many believe he???ll resign as governor before his term is up, according to a new poll.
According to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll taken the week before the Nov. 5 election:
- Fifty-nine percent of voters believe Christie will campaign for the White House, compared to 19 percent who think he won???t. Twenty-two percent were unsure.
- Forty-five percent believe Christie will resign to run, compared to 33 percent who expect him to finish his term ??? including those who said he???ll run without resigning. Twenty-three percent were uncertain.
- More than three-quarters of those polled said Christie???s future plans would have no impact on their vote. In the election, Republican Christie beat Democrat Barbara Buono 60 to 38 percent.
???Here is the most direct evidence yet that Sen. Barbara Buono???s attack on Christie???s apparent presidential ambitions was misguided,??? said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. ???Voters think he is going to run, but most didn???t see that as a reason to oppose him, even while many expect him to resign before the end of his term.???
New Jersey voters also like Christie???s confrontational style. Fifty-eight percent believe it helps his ability to govern, while 30 percent believe it negatively affects his leadership.
But state voters are not sure whether Christie???s ???tough guy attitude??? will play well in the rest of the country. Forty-six percent said the national electorate will not like it while 36 percent believe it will go over well.
The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll was conducted by telephone using live callers October 28-Nov 2, 2013 with a scientifically selected random sample of 804 New Jersey registered voters. That sample included 618 landline and 186 cell phone adults, all acquired through random digit dialing. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.