With less than two months to go in his reelection campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) continues to hold a large lead, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he announces his "Hurricane Sandy Flood Map Regulations" Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The town, which was featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" sustained substantial damage to homes and its boardwalk during Superstorm Sandy. () AP Photo/Mel Evans

The poll shows Christie's lead as smaller than other recent polls, but he's still ahead of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) by 20 percentage points, 55-35.

Christie continues to lead by a huge margin among independents and even picks off more than one-quarter of Democrats.

He's also virtually tied with Buono when it comes to the minority vote -- a demographic that generally tilts heavily toward Democrats. The poll shows Christie winning 41 percent of non-white voters, compared to 43 percent for Buono.

The poll also shows Christie leading Buono on a number of issues, including education and health care, that generally are strong points for Democrats. The one issue on which Buono leads is same-sex marriage. (Christie remains opposed to gay marriage and vetoed a gay marriage bill.)

With Christie sporting a huge lead, most of the national attention has been focused on the other governor's race being held this year, in Virginia.