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Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 1:22 PM
New Jerseyans have something to say to the GOP stalwarts who condemned Gov. Christie for his effusive praise of Democratic President Obama in the final days of the presidential campaign: Stuff it.
Not only are the Republican governor's approval ratings soaring - 65 percent in one poll, 77 percent in a second poll released Wednesday - but two-thirds of registered Republicans who responded to a survey said Christie's work with Obama was right on. Both polls found that more than 90 percent of respondents approved of the governor's handling of Hurricane Sandy.
"Gov. Christie has emerged as a clear leader in this crisis, with New Jerseyans applauding his efforts, and in particular his literal and figurative embrace of President Obama in a time of need," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and a professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Despit...
By MIKE ALLEN | 11/21/12 9:40 AM EST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, heads off for Thanksgiving with a pair of encouraging polls about his handling of superstorm Sandy, and his overall image in the heavily Democratic state.
Adam Geller of National Research Inc. writes in a polling memo about a survey he conducted for the New Jersey Republican Party: “[W]e see the strongest job approval numbers to date for the Governor. Governor Christie has enjoyed approval ratings of between 50%-59% in every single public poll for the last 17 months, very strong numbers in a state as Democrat in New Jersey. And while we have seen his approval and favorability ratings crack 60% in some private polls, this recent poll breaks new ground. … [T]his is all being done in a state with 750,000 more Democrats than Republicans where President Obama was just re-elected by a staggering 17 points. …
“The Governor’s job approval rating is 77% approve/21% disapprove. … His jo...