New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visits residents on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in Union Beach, New Jersey on October 29, 2013.

Christie favored over Democratic opponent


With just one day before New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, Gov. Chris Christie is sitting pretty.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows Christie leads his Democratic opponent Sen. Barbara Buono by 33 points, with 64% to 31%.

He gained popularity over his deep blue state’s Democratic voters in his leadership after Hurricane Sandy tore through New Jersey last year.

Christie is considered a possible 2016 presidential contender. 

Related: One year later, Superstorm Sandy survivors rebuild their lives

During the last presidential election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney contemplated picking Christie as his running mate but ultimately chose Rep. Paul Ryan instead.

“Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again,” Romney said Sunday on Meet the Press. “They don’t come better than Chris Christie.”

“He’s about to win I think on Tuesday pretty solidly,” he added.

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, who was born in New Jersey, endorsed Christie last week in a YouTube video. The governor recently completed a bus tour campaign with 90 stops across his state.

The gubernatorial election is set for Tuesday.

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