The Washington Times - September 16, 2013, 02:35PM

A new poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is holding onto a 20-point lead in his re-election bid — putting the Republican on strong footing heading into the homestretch of the gubernatorial race.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that Mr. Christie is leading Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono by 55 percent to 35 percent.


“Christie continues to hold a huge lead, although it’s not quite as large among likely voters as it is with registered voters, where he is up 22 points,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers- Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “As expected, the race tightened over the summer, with some Democrats coming back to their party’s candidate.”

The poll shows Mr. Christie has an overall approval rating 66 percent, with his highest marks coming from the role he has played in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort and his lowest marks coming in the way he has handled taxes.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9. The margin of error for the sample of 568 likely voters is 4.1 percentage points. The margin of error for the the sample of 814 registered voters it is 3.4 percentage points.