They are both widely admired by New Jersey voters, but a poll released Tuesday shows that Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a commanding edge over Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) in a potential preview of New Jersey's 2013 gubernatorial race.
In the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, Christie leads Booker in the hypothetical match-up 53 percent to 34 percent. Although Booker enjoys high popularity among New Jersey voters surveyed, it's nothing compared to the star status attained by Christie. Sixty-seven percent of voters approve of the job Christie is doing, the same percentage who have a favorable view of the first-term governor. Among the 52 percent who have a favorable opinion of Booker, 43 percent would still support Christie over the Democrat.
The PollTracker Average illustrates how Christie's already-high approval rating improved even more following Superstorm Sandy, which rocked New Jersey late last month.