August 4, 2015 | Number of The Day
Percentage of NJ Republicans who say Christie is first choice for president

Even New Jersey Republicans are abandoning Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for president, according to the most recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll, with only 12 percent of registered Republicans or Republican-leaning voters saying he is their first choice to be the GOP candidate.

Who’s first? Like Republicans across the country, Donald Trump came out on top, with 21 percent citing him as their first choice. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker came right behind Christie, each with 10 percent. Ben Carson and Marco Rubio each scored 5 percent, with Ted Cruz at 4 percent and Rand Paul and John Kasich each at 2 percent. The rest of the field garnered a one percent or less response, although 19 percent said they didn’t know.

New Jerseyans, however, do believe he will perform well in the first GOP debate to be held this week — and they do expect Christie to participate. Across all categories — Democrats, independents and Republicans — 36 percent of New Jerseyans think their governor will be one of the strongest debaters, with 48 percent saying he will perform about average.

Still, New Jersey voters as a whole do not support a Christie presidency, as 84 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents said the governor would not make a good president, and even Republicans remain mixed at the thought — 45 percent said he would not and 50 percent said he would.