Christie falls further behind Clinton in potential ’16 matchup


File: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during his annual State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Polls have suggested New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hasn't paid too much of a price for his office's bridge scandal, but a new one suggests he's lost ground in a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

A new NBC News/Marist College poll shows Christie trailing Hillary Clinton by 13 points in a prospective 2016 matchup.

Last month, Christie trailed by just three points.

The poll shows Christie continues to lead the field of potential GOP candidates in the primary. His lead in that regard is down slightly from six points to four.

As with any 2016 polling this far out, the results shouldn't be over-analyzed. But they do suggest Christie's appeal has taken a hit -- at least in the near term.

Here's the full poll.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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