TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A new poll shows a majority of voters approve of the job Republican Gov. Chris Christie is doing, but they want Democrats to stay in control of the Legislature.

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll released Wednesday shows 51 percent approve of the way Christie is handling his job; 41 percent disapprove.

The same sample says it wants Democrats to control the Assembly and Senate after the November elections by a margin of 41-36 percent.

Pollster Peter Woolley says it’ll be difficult for Republicans to translate support for Christie into legislative gains because a new district map and voter registration numbers favor Democrats.

The telephone poll of 711 registered voters was conducted March 29-April 4, and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A recent poll showed Christie would pose a significant challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012. Christie has repeatedly said he won’t seek the White House this election cycle.

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