As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) continues to enjoy enormous popularity at home, a poll released Thursday showed that Republicans nationwide aren't quite as enthusiastic about him as his constituents.
The national survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 44 percent of Republican primary voters with a favorable opinion of Christie, compared 29 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of the outspoken governor. Only New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) had lower favorability ratings than Christie among GOP voters.
When asked who they would prefer to see as the party's presidential nominee in 2016, Republicans gave the nod to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) over Christie.