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 MenendezRobert MenendezGMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Menendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor MORE (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.

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