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Chris Christie Continues Lead in Gov Race [AUDIO]

With the gubernatorial election less than a month away, Gov. Chris Christie is roaring toward the finish line with a mammoth lead over his Democratic challenger, Sen. Barbara Buono according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Christie and Buono
From left to right: NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Gubernatorial Candidate Sen. Barbara Buono

“It’s 62 to 33 percent, two-to-one, Christie over Buono,” said Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Governor’s lead has slipped a bit from Quinnipiac’s survey last month when he led Buono by a margin of 64 to 30 percent, but a 29-point lead is still substantial said Carroll. Christie leads among Republicans 91 to 7 percent and 71 to 22 percent among independent voters. Democrats support Buono by a 67 to 28 percent margin. Women back Christie 59 to 36 percent.

“Sen. Barbara Buono has been out front on women’s issues long before she was a candidate, but Gov. Christie has a huge 23-point lead among women voters,” said Carroll. “Is sisterhood kaput in New Jersey in this election for Governor?”

Likely voters in the Garden State give Christie a 63 to 31 favorability rating. Buono gets a negative 29 to 35 favorability. Thirty-four percent say they still haven’t heard enough about her to form an opinion.

“Maybe their debate will boost her recognition, but one-third of NJ voters still don’t know enough about Sen. Buono to make an up-or-down decision,” explained Carroll.

Gay Marriage

By a margin of 61 to 32 percent, New Jersey voters think Christie should drop his appeal of a judge’s ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in this state. Voters also say 59 to 33 percent that the New Jersey Legislature should override Christie’s veto of a bill legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.

“Likely voters support same-sex marriage anyway they can get it,” said Carroll. “If Christie won’t get out of the way, voters say the legislature should push him aside by overriding his veto of legislation which passed both houses in Feb. of 2012.”

The poll surveyed 1.144 likely voters in New Jersey with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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