Christie’s Approval Rating Rises

Gov. Chris Christie

STATE – A majority – 54 percent – of New Jersey voters approve of the job Gov. Chris Christie is doing, while 36 percent disapprove according to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

“The spring budget battles at every level – municipal, county, and state – hurt the governor,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll. “But he got a big win on pension and benefits reform in June, and weathered Hurricane Irene in August.”

The poll comes as former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean boosted speculation that Christie is considering a possible presidential campaign with comments made to the National Review Monday.

New Jersey voters are split on the question of whether the state is moving in the right direction: 45 percent say it is, while 47 percent say it’s “off on the wrong track.” They are noticeably more positive now than in May, when in the midst of local and state budget haggling, 55 percent said the state was on the wrong track and just 36 percent said it was headed in the right direction.

As one might expect, public-employee households, by a margin of two to one (61-33) say the state is on the wrong track.

“But all those good numbers for the governor do not make converts to his party in the legislative election,” said Woolley. Asked about the upcoming elections, 46 percent of voters say they prefer the Democratic Party control the State Assembly and the Senate, while 34 percent say they prefer the Republican Party control the two chambers. Unaffiliated voters split 31 percent for Republicans and 35 percent for Democrats.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 800 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

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