New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, is up for re-election in November. / Mel Evans, AP
Just how high are New Jersey voters on Gov. Chris Christie?
The Republican's 74% job-approval rating in the latest Quinnipiac University poll is the highest of any New Jersey governor in the institution's 17 years of polling - and it is the highest for any governor in the seven states where the Connecticut university conducts surveys.
"Christie keeps soaring," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement Wednesday. "Most governors would kill for a 56% job-approval rating. Republican Gov. Christie gets that from Democrats."
Voters have given Christie high marks in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Sandy, which landed in New Jersey in late October. His highest number was 77% in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll taken right after the storm.
He is up for re-election this November against state Sen. Barbara Buono, a Democrat who is little known across the Garden State. The Quinnipiac Poll shows Christie leading Buono 62% to 25%, with strong showings among women, men, Republicans and independents.
There's been lots of talk about Christie running for president in 2016. While it's too early to say who'll be in the mix, Quinnipiac tested some hypothetical matchups. Turns out New Jersey voters as of today prefer Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton over Christie (49% vs. 45%). But if the race were between Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Garden State voters prefer their governor over the Democrat next door, 54% to 36%.
Keep in mind that polls are a snapshot in time - and the presidential race is years away. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,149 registered voters Feb. 13-17. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.
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