Christie Headed For Big Win
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a commanding lead as he appears poised to cruise to reelection on Tuesday, according to a handful of final polls in the state’s governor’s race.
Christie is up over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, 57 percent to 37 percent, according to a Monmouth University poll out Monday. Christie leads among 91 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and even 23 percent of Democrats, according to the poll.
Another poll out Monday from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows a 19-point margin, with the governor leading Buono 59 percent to 40 percent. That poll found 23 percent of Democrats leaning toward Christie, along with 94 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of independents.
A Quinnipiac University poll out Monday found Christie up by 28 points, 61 percent to 33 percent. He had 94 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 30 percent of Democrats in that poll.
As is typical in previous polls, these polls show Christie with wide leads among Independents and Women, and grabbing not insignificant numbers of Democrats and African-American voters. The polls also leave Christie with a +24.1 lead in the RealClearPolitics average. A big win tomorrow will obviously begin the speculation about a 2016 bid on Christie’s part. Additionally, a big Christie win is likely to be seen as a big contrast with what looks like a likely Republican loss in Virginia in a campaign spearheaded by perhaps the most conservative candidate that state’s Republican Party has ever nominated. That alone is likely to contribute to the ongoing debate inside the GOP about what direction the party needs to take in the future.