It looks like GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump is making in-roads in some deep blue states. A new poll is putting the real estate mogul in a statistical dead heat with likely opponent Hillary Clinton in New Jersey.
The Monmouth University poll had Trump trailing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton there by only four percentage points — 38 to 34 percent. The 4-point difference puts Trump within the poll’s margin of error.
The poll also shows that choosing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is thought by many to be on Trump’s VP short-list, as a running mate would actually diminish his chances of winning in the Garden State.
“Blue Jersey doesn’t appear quite so blue at this stage of the campaign, but we should keep in mind that neither major party candidate has fully locked in the support of their partisan bases. When and if that happens, the benefit should accrue more to Clinton than to Trump simply because Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
On Tuesday’s Hannity, the real estate mogul seemed optimistic about his chances in the Garden State, claiming he owed his popularity, in part, to his business dealings in New Jersey.
“I love New Jersey, I am New Jersey, it’s like a second home,” Trump told Sean. “I have property there, I have a lot of employees there.” Trump added that he was “not shocked” to see that he was polling well.
The last time a Republican won the state of New Jersey was 1988, when then Vice-President George H.W. Bush defeated Michaela Dukakis by a 13-point margin.
Watch Donald Trump discuss his chances in the Garden State as well as his tumultuous relationship with the press on Tuesday’s Hannity: