The Mayans might just be right — a Republican politician in New Jersey would beat out Bruce Springsteen in a hypothetical match-up for governor.
A new Public Policy Polling survey released Friday shows Gov. Chris Christie enjoying immense popularity as he gears up for re-election next year.
According to PPP’s poll of New Jersey voters, not only would Christie win re-election in match-ups against Newark Mayor Cory Booker (50 percent to 36 percent), former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey (53 percent to 31 percent), New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (57 percent to 20 percent), and State Senator Barbara Buono (60 percent to 20 percent), he would also win against his personal hero, New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen (61 percent to 25 percent).
The Boss’ favorability rating, according to PPP, is 54 percent to 23 percent.
PPP noted that Christie even wins the Democratic vote when put up against Buono and Sweeney, both Democrats. To be sure, Booker, is Democrats’ first choice to be their candidate next year, over the other three options, not including Springsteen.
Christie’s approval ratings are higher than any other governor PPP polled this year, according to the firm, with 67 percent of New Jersey voters approving of his job performance, compared to 25 who disapprove.
Despite his high approval rating New Jersey voters are not as keen on him when it comes to a potential White House bid, just 38 percent of voters would like to see him run for president compared to 44 percent who do not.