A new poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to fall further behind Hillary Clinton in a potential 2016 presidential matchup.

The CNN/Opinion Research poll, which had shown Christie edging Clinton 48 percent to 46 percent in December, now shows the former secretary of state ahead 55 percent to 39 percent.

The poll shows the embattled New Jersey governor losing a huge amount of support among political independents. While he took 59 percent of them in December, he's now down to 39 percent.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll last week showed Christie trailing Clinton by 12 points. Earlier polls from Quinnipiac University and NBC News/Marist College showed him down eight and 13 points, respectively.

Christie has also lost ground in the GOP primary, where he's now lumped in with all the other leader contenders. The CNN poll now shows eight potential candidates within six points of one another.

Here's the rundown:

  1. Mike Huckabee 14
  2. Rand Paul 13
  3. Jeb Bush 10
  4. Christie 10
  5. Paul Ryan 9
  6. Marco Rubio 9
  7. Ted Cruz 8
  8. Rick Perry 8
  9. Rick Santorum 4