Monmouth University has released new polling numbers this week that suggest 2020 hopeful Senator Cory Booker has a lot of work to do in his own state.

The Hill reports (h/t Hot Air‘s Jazz Shaw):

More New Jersey residents in a poll released early Thursday say Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would not make a good president than those who say he would.

Forty two percent of state residents in the Monmouth University poll say that Booker would not make a good president, while 37 percent disagree.

The results stand in contrast to his approval ratings in the New Jersey: 48 percent of respondents told Monmouth they approved of the job Booker was doing as senator, while 36 percent disapprove.

The biggest hurdle Booker faces in New Jersey, according to the polling, is with independents:

Booker faces a challenge among independent voters in the state, according to the poll, which finds him underwater with that demographic. Just 37 percent of independents like the job Booker is doing as senator, while 42 percent said they do not approve.

Booker’s wishy washy nature on the issue of the sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax won’t help him much with independents, but his willingness to seek out a woman as a possible vice presidential running mate probably would.

One burning issue those independents in New Jersey need to consider is whether or not they want to catapult a vegan into higher office. Heh.

Being able to win your own state in a presidential race is a bigger deal than one might think. In the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, Bush got 5 more electoral votes than Gore.

Had Gore won his home state of Tennessee (11 electoral votes), he’d never have had to, you know, worry about that whole Florida thing.

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