If the 2016 presidential election were held today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would beat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 49% to 45% in the Garden State, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll reported by Politico.
The poll also found that the popular governor would beat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in New Jersey, 54% to 36%, if they were both running for president.
Though an earlier poll from Rutgers University found Christie has an outstanding 70% approval rating, his weakest points are the state's high tax rates and the economy. Christie would also be in trouble regarding his recent minimum wage increase veto, as — according to the Quinnipiac poll — 76% of New Jerseyeans support raising the minimum wage.
However, according to Politico, Christie has the "highest approval rating," 74%, in Quinnipiac University's 17 years of polling the Garden State. Only 22% disapprove of his job performance, and 71% believe Christie deserves reelection this year, including 48 percent of Democrats (he leads Democratic challenger Barbara Buono, 62% to 25%.
The poll of 1,149 voters was conducted from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9%.