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Clinton trumps Christie for president in New Jersey voter poll

By Laila Kearney

(Reuters) - New Jersey voters favor Democrat Hillary Clinton over their own Governor Chris Christie in the 2016 presidential race, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton, the former secretary of state and U.S. senator from neighboring New York, would be more fit as commander in chief than Republican Christie, said half of those polled by Quinnipiac University.

"As Gov. Christopher Christie traipses around the nation, his presidential potential seems alive, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the adopted girl next door, easily beats him in his home state," Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

Clinton was also the front-runner against other possible top Republican presidential contenders. She led former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by 54 percent to 34 percent, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, by 55 percent to 35 percent and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee by 57 percent to 34 percent.

The early look at the upcoming presidential race in the Garden State showed a broad gap between female and male voters.

While Clinton led the overall poll over Christie for the presidential race in New Jersey, 50 percent to 42 percent, women favored her by 54 percent. Men chose Christie over Clinton 44 to 42 percent.

Clinton has generally been outscoring Republicans in the states polled by the university, including likely 2016 swing state Ohio, poll spokesman Pat Smith said.

The telephone survey of 1,148 registered voters in was conducted between July 31 and Monday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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chuckhalper August 06 2014 at 1:11 PM

Here we go, HP/AOL trumpeting the great Hillary Clinton. Remember their devotion and unqualified support for Obama? Listen to these AOL/HP bums again, and you have no one to hold accountable but yourself.

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KAHUNA717 August 06 2014 at 5:05 PM

What in the world qualifies Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States? NOTHING! She was a wife of a President; she was a do nothing US Senator; she was a failed Secretary of State (in fact an embarrassment who got 4 Americans-including the Ambassador-killed in Benghazi and then lied about it!). If anything she should be subpoenaed to testify "truthfully" under oath before Congress about Benghazi because her "What difference does it make?" speech was a sham and also an embarrassment. How stupid are the American people to vote in a community organizer (twice) and be considering this worthless woman?

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torp8r August 06 2014 at 3:52 PM

I hope everybody remembers. Hillary is the female version of Barack Obama. And with the mess that Obama has made of things. Can the country survive anymore of these disastrous democrats ?

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plypal21 August 06 2014 at 3:41 PM

Remember when Susan Rice was asked why she and not Hillary Clinton went on the Sunday talk shows to speak about the attack in Benghazi. Her answer was that Hillary was "too stressed out" because of the deaths of the four Americans. If Hillary cannot handle that amount of stress, then how can she be expected to handle the significantly greater and constant stress of being the President of the United States?

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nhcoach2001 August 07 2014 at 6:22 AM

how are these poles so close?
this woman is a phoney, a coward and a LIAR. Another ivory tower politician with deep pockets. Reset Button?
God can we please have John Wayne and Ronald Reagan back?
We need heroes!

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mjmjupiter August 07 2014 at 7:51 AM

I'm a Democrat and I'd vote for just about anyone but Hillary!
She was useless as Sec of State, which means she would be a horrible President. No Thank you!

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tzino2 August 06 2014 at 2:49 PM

I woould like to see one honest person run for public office just once. A person that wants to get elected to defend the Constitution and do what he or she said they would do. Is that a possibility?

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depends.on.the.meaning.of.is August 07 2014 at 9:09 AM

America has a chance to get a wide cross section of the 'underbelly' of our society by electing Hillary Clinton.
Sitting in America's Whitehouse would be a well mixed percentage of all the grit that has pulled down our country by the Liberal mentality since the late 1960's.
"A vote for Hillary is a vote to continue down that path"..

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johngin1999 August 07 2014 at 5:56 AM

Let me see if I got this right. A left wing liberal, Clinton, wins in some liberal poll in a predominantly liberal state who has the highest illegal immigrant population on the east coast, highest property taxes in the US, yet they elected a right wing governor to replace the previous left winger who pretty much destroyed the state's fiscal security.
Guess the laft wingnuts were asleep at the wheel when Christie was elected.....or are they REALLY closet right wingers afraid to fight the hate tide that they would get from left wingnuts?i

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COMMON SENSE August 06 2014 at 2:36 PM

Do you mean "Back Stabber Christie"? Republican, NO!! ---- RHINO, YES!!
Now ask Hillary again who cares about Bengazi..

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