Poll: Even with Christie as VP, Romney would lose New Jersey

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Romney is the clear favorite among GOP hopefuls in New Jersey, besting Santorum there by 16 points among Republican primary voters. Obama would sweep Santorum there 52-34 if the former Pennsylvania senator were the nominee, and Gingrich would lose to Obama by 25 points.

The poll also showed that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has a 15-point lead over state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-N.J.), the expected GOP nominee to take him on in the fall. That's in the same realm as a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday that had Menendez up 22 points on Kyrillos, a close ally of Christie.

The poll of 1,396 voters was conducted Feb. 21-27 and had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.