Christie, other GOP possibles, trail Clinton in 2016 poll

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.

Asked at a news conference in Keansburg Monday whether the scandal had prevented him from being a viable presidential candidate, Christie told reporters, "Who knows? I don't know. And I think the only New Jerseyans who are really all that concerned about that are you guys."

The poll of 1,446 registered voters nationwide was conducted June 24-30 and has a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points. It included 620 Republicans, with a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points, and 610 Democrats, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.