- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2013

Is it time to call the New Jersey governor’s race for Republican Chris Christie?

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Mr. Christie holds a 58 percent to 30 percent lead, suggesting he is on his well on his way to pancaking Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono in the November election.

“The governor’s 2-1 lead remains undented after months of polling,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Sen. Buono is down 3-1 among independent voters and even loses 30 percent of Democratic voters to Christie. There’s no point even counting Republicans.”

Mr. Christie leads 66 percent to 22 percent among independent voters, 62 percent to 27 percent among men and 56 percent to 34 percent among women. Mrs. Buono holds a 57 percent to 30 percent edge among Democrats.

Mr. Christie is thought to be pondering a presidential run in 2016 and political observers say that the Republican hopes to drive up his margin of victory in order to bolster his argument that he can help the GOP expand the electoral map and compete in traditionally blue states.

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