It looks like Governor Christie is cruising to an easy reelection. This is no surprise but leading his Democratic opponent 61 – 29 among likely voters, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University, is no small feat in a state the Democrats have won at the Presidential level since 1992.
With this momentum, can Christie use his personal popularity to get people elected and then be able to push through a vision of how to change the state – what we might call Christieism?
If he can do that, it is something that can have a real impact with primary voters in 2016. To say “I was able to do X in a solidly Democratic state” is a more powerful narrative to Republican voters, who want to overturn everything Obama has done than, than just being someone who can win a race because of personal popularity.
What are the odds of that? We’ll see but right now the poll shows only 20 percent of voters surveyed say they are more likely to vote for a legislative candidate endorsed by Christie.