Would Chris Christie as a running mate help Donald Trump turn blue states red?
In Christie’s home state of New Jersey, probably not. Farther away, maybe.
Trump has floated the Garden State governor as one of five or six potential names under consideration for vice president.
When New Jersey Republicans were surveyed last week by the Monmouth University Poll, 41 percent said Christie on the ticket would hurt Trump and only 15 percent said it would help, while 37 percent said it would have no impact.
“It’s hard to imagine any running mate who could kill the Trump buzz, but the voters who know Chris Christie best think he might be that guy, ” poll director Patrick Murray said in the release of the survey.
Christie’s favorability among Jersey voters overall, when last measured by the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, was 31 percent — less than half the rating he enjoyed when re-elected in 2013.
But Christie’s unpopularity “basically stops at New Jersey’s borders,” Murray told Newsday, and Christie could be seen as “a solid choice” by voters elsewhere.
“Christie certainly has the executive experience — and the official political experience, in general — that could make up for Trump’s lack of it,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center, said via email.
His favorability nationally falls midrange between John Kasich and Ben Carson (liked more), and Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin (liked less), she said.
But Christie may carry too much baggage from that traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for Trump to put him aboard the ticket, Koning noted.
“The pending Bridgegate trial may not be the kind of press Trump would want to be associated with in a general election,” she said.