Regrets? Christie Would Have Tied Romney
If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he would have been tied for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- and he would have run slightly ahead of President Obama among all voters, in Quinnipiac University polling that concluded Monday evening.
Christie and Romney ran even atop the GOP field, tied at 17 percent. Businessman Herman Cain was third, with 12 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who led the previous Quinnipiac poll, conducted in late August, was at 10 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was at seven percent, tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was at six percent.
Without Christie in the race, Romney led Cain, 22 percent to 17 percent. Perry was third at 14 percent, while Palin (9 percent), Gingrich (8 percent) and Paul (6 percent) trailed the field.
In a general election matchup against President Obama, Christie led, 45 percent to 42 percent. Among independent voters, Christie led, 45 percent to 37 percent.
Christie's lead came despite the fact that he remains relatively unknown: 59 percent of voters (and 57 percent of Republicans) said they had not heard enough about him to form an opinion.