Poll: Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton tied in 2016 presidential race

The next presidential election may be a ways off, but a new poll shows a dead heat between two of politics' biggest stars.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie edges former U.S. Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton by just one percentage point -- a statistical tie, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of voters nationwide.

Christie's landslide re-election has amped up speculation about a run for the presidency.

Clinton has made a number of high-profile appearances since stepping down as secretary of state, fueling talk about her plans for 2016.

"It's a long way off and no one is officially a candidate yet, but the Hillary Clinton-Chris Christie race to the White House is neck-and-neck before the campaign even saddles up," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Sen. Rand Paul, Vice President Joseph Biden, those other guys better get cracking or they might as well head back to the stables."

An NBC poll released Tuesday told a slightly different story. In it, Clinton holds a 10-point lead over Christie.

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