TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than half the voters in a new poll approve of how Chris Christie is handling the job of New Jersey governor.

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Tuesday finds 53 percent approve of Christie’s job performance; 36 percent disapprove.

The Republican governor has been in office just under a year and is scheduled to deliver his first State of the State message on Tuesday.

The poll finds that Christie continues to be polarizing — 28 percent have a very favorable opinion of him while 27 percent have a very unfavorable opinion.

The telephone poll of 802 registered voters was conducted Jan. 3-9 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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