New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a favorability rating of 70 percent with New Jersey voters, a record high, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll
That’s up from 67 percent in November. Only 20 percent of respondents view the Republican unfavorably, down from 25 percent in November.
Even among Democrats, 59 percent view Christie favorably, up a whopping 10 points from November. Among independents, Christie has a favorability rating of 71 percent, and among Republicans it’s 88 percent.
An impressive 73 percent of voters approve of Christie’s overall job performance, and only 23 percent disapprove.
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But when it comes to his handling of the economy and taxes, his job approval falls off a bit. Only 45 percent of respondents approve of his performance on the economy, and only 40 percent approve of his handling of taxes.
“Gov. Christie remains very popular across the board,” David Redlawsk, director of the poll, said in a statement. “It appears that Christie’s handling of [Superstorm] Sandy has made the difference, since voters are not nearly as positive about other key issues. If voters begin to focus on these issues instead of the Sandy recovery, we could see a change in the governor’s overall ratings over the next few months.”
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