11:49 am Nov. 30, 2012
While Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo band together to solicit federal money in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, pollsters are already surveying a hypothetical contest between the two governors in 2016.
Public Policy Polling, which turned out to be one of the more accurate firms polling this year's presidential race, has Christie leading Cuomo 50-35 among New Jersey voters, who have been particularly enamored with Christie after his aggressive, and aggressively nonpartisan, response to Sandy.
Christie also leads Vice President Joe Biden by a slightly smaller margin, 47-41. (Christie also beats Bruce Springsteen, who the pollsters threw in "for fun," trouncing the singer 61-25.)
But not even Christie, who is currently polling at a personal high-water mark, can top Hillary Clinton, who beats him in his home state by 12 points, 52-40. Two-thirds of voters in the state view her favorably, compared to just 27 percent who don't.
It's further evidence that, as Clinton winds down her tenure as Secretary of State and prepares to return to New York, she simply exists on a different plane than other Democratic (and Republican) candidates.
While Christie's prospects in 2016 get all the national attention, his prospects in 2013 are more salient, with Newark mayor Cory Booker publicly contemplating a challenge to the governor. The PPP poll shows Christie leading Booker, 50-36, with an even wider lead over all the other potential Democrats.