STATE — New Jerseyans continue to give Republican Gov. Chris Christie high marks even though few say they have a clear idea of what he will do in his second term, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll. New Jersey’s two Democratic U.S. Senators also have positive ratings, while President Barack Obama’s popularity has slipped.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of New Jerseyans approve of Christie, with 25% disapproving. Democrats are almost evenly split, with 47% approving and 45% disapproving, while the governor has overwhelming support from Republicans (85%) and independents (73%).
Governor Christie holds a 65% approve to 25% disapprove job rating among all Garden State residents. Among registered voters, his rating stands at 65% approve to 27% disapprove. These results are consistent with other polls taken after Superstorm Sandy. Just 23% of New Jerseyans say they have a clear idea of the specific policies Christie will pursue in his second term in office.
“Gov. Christie’s ratings are holding strong fresh off his resounding re-election victory. However, few New Jerseyans have a clear idea about what a second term holds in store,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Stellar approval ratings and no specific expectations from his constituents could give the governor a lot of leeway in carving out his political future.”
While more New Jerseyans approve (49%) than disapprove (45%) of President Obama, this is his lowest job approval rating in the Garden State since he took office in 2009, according to the poll.
In his first Monmouth/APP poll appearance as a U.S. Senator, Cory Booker holds a 37% approval rating among registered voters, with 21% disapproving and 43% saying that they do not yet have an opinion. U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez holds a 47% approval / 27% disapproval rating, up from 44% / 38% in April.
The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted by telephone with 802 New Jersey adults from December 4 to 8, 2013. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the Asbury Park Press and its sister publications (Courier-Post, Courier News, Daily Journal, Daily Record, and Home News Tribune).
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