A new national poll from Monmouth University finds that of four potential Republican contenders in 2016, Chris Christie has the best shot in a matchup against Hillary Clinton.
The poll asked voters about four hypothetical opponents for Clinton -- Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio -- and found that Christie trailed Clinton in national preference by a margin of 43 to 39 percent.
Bush is behind Clinton by 10 points, 47% to 37%, and Rubio trails by 11 points, 47% to 36%. Cruz is behind Clinton by 16 points, 48% to 32%. Cruz is also the least well-known of the potential GOP field and may in fact be ineligible to run due to his birth in Canada.
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