Likely New Jersey voters surveyed are divided over whether Gov. Chris Christie would make a good president.

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Tuesday showed 48 percent said they would like to see the Republican run for president in 2016. Forty-one percent would not.

They are evenly divided, however, on whether Christie would make a good president. Most Republicans surveyed said yes, most Democrats said no, and 43 percent of independent voters said Christie would compared to 39 percent who said he wouldn't.

"He's near the top in all the national polls, but not with his Garden State neighbors," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Meantime, Christie has a 64-31 percent lead over Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono is his bid for re-election.

"The election looks like a runaway. Even almost a third of Democrats pick Christie over... Buono. She's been an energetic campaigner, but more than a third of voters don't know enough about her to decide whether or not they like her," Carroll said.

The telephone survey of 1,203 likely New Jersey voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.