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A third of Republicans in Iowa, New Hampshire don’t like Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with the media at the National Governors Association convention Saturday in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be in Iowa today, where about a third of Republicans don't think too highly of him.

That's according to a new NBC News/Marist poll that shows 33 percent of Iowa Republican say they hold an unfavorable view of Christie. Fifty percent say they hold a favorable view.

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We see a remarkably similar picture in New Hampshire, which, like Iowa, nominates presidential candidates early in the year. There, Christie's unfavorable rating is 31 percent and his favorable rating is 52 percent.

No other top potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has negatives as high in either state. Closest in that department in Iowa is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who is viewed unfavorably by 19 percent of Republicans. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush's unfavorable rating in New Hampshire is 20 percent.

The polls were conducted from July 7-13.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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