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Chris Christie widens lead in N.J. governor race: poll

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A new poll shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to cruise to re-election next month, with likely voters giving him a 59 percent to 35 percent lead over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono.

Mr. Christie, a Republican, enjoys an even wider lead than the 20-point edge he held in August, according to the Monmouth University Poll.

The high-profile governor also holds more party loyalty than his opponent. Ms. Buono garners support from 63 percent of Democrats, while Mr. Christie holds 90 percent support from Republicans.

The numbers could provide a boost for Mr. Christie’s national ambitions. He is widely considered to be mulling a run for the White House, setting up a GOP primary that could pit him against the likes of conservative Sens. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican.

“We are looking at a potential 20-point margin in a blue state and an outright win among Hispanic voters. What more could a 2016 GOP presidential contender ask for?” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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