New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lead remains strong in latest poll

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Published: Jul 10 2013 03:37:50 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2013 04:57:29 PM EDT
Chris Christie
TRENTON, N.J. -

Governor Chris Christie continues to see strong support in a survey of New Jersey voters about the governor's race.

The Republican leads Democrat Barbara Buono 61 to 29 percent in Wednesday's Quinnipiac University survey.

Christie's support remains strong among Republicans, women, and independent voters. Buono receives support from 55 percent of the Democrats polled.

Christie gets a 66 percent favorability rating compared to 25 percent for Buono.

"Christie-Buono looks like a walk-away. The governor's job approval is stratospheric and even his veto of same-sex marriage, an issue which continues to draw 2-1 support, hasn't hurt him," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The governor, however, might have difficulty changing the majority in the Legislature. Only 20 percent of voters surveyed said they are more likely to vote for a legislative candidate endorsed by Christie.

"It could change when the real campaign starts after Labor Day, if Christie decides to emulate his mentor, former Gov. Tom Kean, and work for the rest of the ticket, but at this stage, Christie is good only for Christie," Carroll said.

The survey of 1,068 New Jersey voters has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.