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.
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.