Matched up against Springsteen — who carries a robust 54-23 percent favorability rating — Christie led 61-25 percent.
While Booker is the favorite among Democratic primary voters, with 46 percent saying they want him as their candidate, the Newark mayor could be scared off by Christie's commanding numbers. When PPP polled the 2014 U.S. Senate race, Booker emerged as the clear favorite to win that seat, so he may choose not to tangle with the incumbent governor in 2013.
Winning reelection would also give Christie a launchpad for a possible 2016 presidential run, although voters in his home state remain wary of the possibility. Only 38 percent of those surveyed say they want to see him run for the White House, while 44 percent say they're against him seeking the Republican nomination.
Christie would trail Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama's speech proves hypocrisy of Democrat's anti-Wall Street rhetoric Lawmakers targeted as district politics shift Want a tremendous deal on infrastructure spending? Suspend Davis-Bacon MORE in a hypothetical presidential race, 52-40 percent, although he is favored by six points over Vice President Biden and 15 points over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Christie would be the clear favorite in the 2016 Republican primary, however. Nearly half of the state Republicans say he would get their vote, versus 14 percent for Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms MORE (R-Fla.) and 10 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.