Poll: Majority would not vote to give Gov. Christie second term

A majority of New Jerseyans say they would not vote to give Gov. Chris Christie (R) a second term, according to a poll released Wednesday. 

Fifty-one percent said they will probably or definitely vote for another candidate, while 39 percent said they will probably or definitely vote for Christie, a Bloomberg poll shows. That number rises to 53 percent among a sample of likely New Jersey voters; 42 percent of likely New Jersey voters say they'll vote for him.

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The poll continues a trend of declining home-state support for Christie, who has become a nationally recognized figure and the object of presidential speculation.

Christie has repeatedly denied he wants to be president or vice president in 2012, saying that he's not ready for the job. It appears Christie will have to shift his focus to a potentially tough reelection campaign in 2013.

In the Bloomberg poll, 51 percent disapproved of the job he's doing as governor and 53 percent said they have an unfavorable view of the outspoken governor. 

The poll was conducted before Christie's $29.4 billion budget passed the Democrat-controlled State Legislature, a major victory for the first-term governor.

New Jerseyans' increasing distaste for Christie appears to be driven by his policy stances. Majorities oppose his cuts to the state's education budget, his decision to ax a new commuter rail tunnel to New York, the elimination of surcharges and taxes on millionaires and businesses and property tax credits as well as his use of a state helicopter to attend his son's baseball games.

The Bloomberg poll was conducted by Selzer & Co., which surveyed 1,302 New Jersey residents between June 20-23. The margin of error is 2.7 percentage points.