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Christie For VP? New Jerseyans Say No, Poll Finds

Gov. Chris Christie/file (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gov. Chris Christie/file (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie enjoys strong job approval ratings except when New Jerseyans are asked whether he’d be a good nominee for vice president.

Fifty-three percent compared to 40 percent of the registered voters surveyed in a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday say Christie would be a bad choice for Mitt Romney’s running mate.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

“Politicians still gossip about the idea, but New Jerseyans think Christie would be a bad choice for VP,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

But while Christie may not be New Jerseyans first choice as VP, respondents do approve of the job he’s doing in the Garden State.

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“The governor’s job approval number holds comfortably above 50 percent and voters like him and his policies,” said Carroll.

Christie’s name has been floating around as potential vice presidential pick on the Republican ticket for a while, but the outspoken governor said he’s not even expecting to be asked.

“I have no idea who Mitt Romney’s going to pick,” he said. “Do I look like a vice president? I don’t know.”

But Christie did have some advice for Romney, who has been dealing with attacks about his record as head of Bain Capital from the Obama administration.

“It’s time for Gov. Romney to go on offense,” Christie said. “It’s time for him to fight for the things that he believes in and if he does, I think he’ll do quite well.”

Christie is traveling to six states this week to raise money for the Republican candidate.

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