Jersey Residents Optimistic About Governor, State

STATE – Half of New Jersey residents believe that the Garden State is headed in the right direction, while 41 percent say it’s on the wrong track, according to the most recent Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™ statewide poll.

“This spring has not been marred by the same depth of bad feeling about funding schools as in past years,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll. “Typically, spring means fights over school budgets followed by even more fights over the state’s next budget.”

Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating stands at a new high, with 56 percent of voters saying that they approve of the job he’s doing while 33 percent disapprove. A year ago, Christie’s approval rating was evenly split with 44 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving.

“The good news is obvious,” said Woolley. “The bad news may be that, historically, the only way to go from here is down.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

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