New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has won accolades for his handling of Hurricane Sandy just before the 2012 presidential election, and he heads into his own 2013 re-election campaign with strong poll numbers.
The Washington Post calls him "the most popular Republican in the country." And a new poll shows Christie would even win an election challenge from The Boss himself, New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen.
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The Public Policy Polling survey of voters in New Jersey found Christie nearly impossible to beat in hypothetical matchups against prominent Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and, yes, the guy whose set list includes "Born in the U.S.A." and "Born to Run."
But when it comes to running for president, more voters say they don't think Christie should do it than say he should.
"Chris Christie is going to be hard to beat for governor next year. But New Jersey voters are still feeling ambivalent about a White House bid from him," said Dean Debnam, the president of Public Policy Polling.
While Christie would beat Springsteen 61 percent to 25 percent, according to the PPP poll, only 38 percent said they'd like to see their governor run for president in 2016. Forty-four percent said they don't want to see Christie make a run for the White House.
If Christie were to run, the poll found that he would do well in a national race. He'd beat Vice President Joe Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a hypothetical contest for president, but would lose to Secretary of State and former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton.
A separate poll, conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, found 77 percent of New Jersey voters approved of the job Christie is doing as governor. That number is remarkably high for any public official at any level.
Christie certainly appears to be the most popular Republican in the country right now. But, as everyone knows, poll numbers go up and they go down. Public-opinion surveys capture but a brief moment in time. Christie may very well look back on his job-approval ratings three years from now with envy.
As his "Glory Days," you might say.