One of the only important elections taking place this year is the New Jersey gubernatorial race and at this point it doesn’t look like much of a contest. Incumbent Chris Christie (R) is currently in an extremely strong position as he seeks another term according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Not only does Christie have one of the highest approval ratings of any elected official in that nation right now, 74 percent approve to 21 percent disapprove, but he also holds a huge lead over any possible Democratic challenger. From Quinnipiac:

The governor deserves reelection, voters say 68 – 24 percent, with Democrats at 47 – 43 percent. Christie leads possible Democratic challengers by margins of 2-1 or higher:

59 – 30 percent over State Sen. Richard Codey;
63 – 22 percent over State Sen. Barbara Buono;
61 – 25 percent over State Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

In these hypothetical matchups, Christie takes 30 to 35 percent of the Democratic vote.

While it is still very early at this point Christie is an overwhelming favorite. It would take some truly remarkable developments to give Democrats even a possible opening.