In a new Rutgers University poll out Friday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edges out Governor Chris Christie, among registered Republicans and independent voters in Christie's home state of New Jersey.
Romney leads with 12 percent, while Christie is at 11 percent, with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin receiving 10 percent and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 6 percent. A whopping 42 percent did not name a candidate.
Romney's numbers increase, however, with Republicans and Republican leaners with favorable impression of the Tea Party movement, according to the survey. Romney is the preferred candidate at 17 percent with Christie and Palin following at 13 percent.
While none of the top of four have announced their bid for 2012, Christie has been adamant that he is not interested in running for the White House.
"It is clear Christie is not the default choice of New Jersey Republicans," David Redlawsk, the director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, said in a statement. "This is probably due mostly to his continuing denial of interest in running. But were he running, I suspect many would line up behind him."
The poll of 912 New Jersey adults conducted between February 24th through the 26th, has a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.