Gov. Christie is polling on par with other Republicans considered to be possible presidential candidates in 2016, though Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would top each of them in a hypothetical matchup, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today.
Among Republican or Republican-leaning voters surveyed in the poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned 11 percent of the vote, followed by Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at 10 percent each. Taking 8 percent of the vote each were Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
When compared to Clinton, the leading Republicans in the crowded field trail by 7 to 9 point margins, the poll found. Clinton's margin over Christie among all voters polled was 47 to 38 percent, though among independent voters, Christie topped Clinton, 42 to 40 percent.
Christie's favorability rating in the poll was 37 percent favorable, 38 percent unfavorable -- a departure from previous Quinnipiac polls, when his favorable rating has been the higher of the two numbers. In December 2013, before the George Washington Bridge scandal broke, his rating was 47 percent favorable, 23 percent unfavorable.