Polls: Christie to win NJ and 2016 GOP race, Booker to win Senate bid

New polls show voters prefer Christie to Buono for Governor of NJ in 2013 and to run against presumed candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. Photo: Booker and Christie

NEW JERSEY, September 22, 2013  —  Two recent polls found that Governor Chris Christie has the best chance of winning re-election in his home state and is also the top GOP contender for the White House versus Hilary Clinton in 2016, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released in Virginia on September 19, 2013 and a Public Policy Polling survey conducted in New Hampshire.

While both polls show Christie as the best-positioned Republican to rival former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in a run for President, Christie must first win re-election in his home state this November.  His challenger, State Senator Barbara Buono, has been gaining in polls reducing a 40-point lead in July to a 30-point lead in August, and to a 24-point lead as of now in September. 

While Senator Buono continues her best efforts to win the governorship, her campaign continues to lack the funding and support of the Democrat National Committee inWashingtonDC.

Christie is still ahead in all polls despite the tightening in the polls, and Buono’s recent attack on Christie, holding him responsible for increased levels of poverty amongst New Jerseyans during his tenure as Governor. What is interesting to note is that the basis of these allegations comes from a report produced by New Jersey Legal Services and uses a standard of 250 per cent of the federal poverty level for as a baseline their report, instead of 100 percent.

This means that 250 percent of poverty is a family of four making  $58,875 in annual income as opposed to using 100 per cent of the federal poverty level which equals $23,550 of annual income for that same family of four. Clearly using 250 per cent of poverty inflates the sample of individuals considered as living in poverty, according to this report.

Even with the poverty charges, vetoing gun control laws, disagreeing with rank and file Democrats in the State’s legislature, and bucking conservatives by outlawing conversion therapy for homosexuals, Christie still leads among likely voters to win re-election in New Jersey this November.

While Christie might be the Republican darling of NJ politics, right now, his fellow Republican, Steve Lonegan, is not, according to several polls. Critics have cited Lonegan’s messaging strategy as part of the reason voters have not embraced him in the same way voters have embraced Republican Christie. Politically, both men have similar positions on issues like school choice vouchers, preference of a smaller more limited government, and both men are pro-life.

Lonegan and Christie part company when it comes to delivering their messages in a manner that is amenable to New Jersey voters.  Christie’s humorous, direct, and common-sense approach is winsome even to many of his biggest detractors. While Lonegan is also direct, his unrelenting attacks that are sometimes personal attacks, on his political rivals are seen as too unreasonable to for him elect-able in a state like NJ, where democrats outnumber Republicans by four-to-one. 

About the author: Rich Valdes is public affairs writer for The Washington Times Communities. As a communications and management professional Rich has been an official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Administration, an award-winning marketing director, and manager having led staff and projects for various colleges, state policy initiatives, celebrity entertainers, faith based community organizations, and non-profit charities.


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Rich Valdes

Rich Valdes is a former official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Administration, an award-winning marketing director, and manager who has led staff and projects for various colleges, state policy initiatives, celebrity entertainers, faith based organizations, and non-profit charities. Rich has run small businesses, created strategic messaging campaigns to increase college student enrollment revenue, and produced high-profile public relations events to raise awareness for various brands.

As a frequent  TV, radio, and print media contributor, Rich's commentary on social issues and popular culture have been featured on Hot 97 FM, CNN Headline News, Telemundo, Univision, HHR and Fox/My9. When not  debating, politics, education, and culture, Rich is a single dad, school board member, and Young Benefactor at VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  Rich attended New York University and is pursuing a Master’s degree at Lincoln University while raising his two young daughters and caring for his elderly father in the New York City suburb of Bergen County, New Jersey. 

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