TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets a record sky-high approval rating, a poll released Tuesday from Quinnipiac University found.
The governor’s approval rating is now at 72 percent, the highest score ever recorded by Quinnipiac for a New Jersey governor.
“Gov. Christopher Christie never looked more like a ‘Jersey Guy’ than when he stood on the Seaside boardwalk after Sandy, and, just about unanimously, his New Jersey neighbors – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – applauded,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
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This record high approval comes on the heels of New York City registered voters giving Christie top marks for his handling of superstorm Sandy.
Just last week, a different Quinnipiac poll found 89 percent of New York City voters said Christie’s response was “excellent” or “good,” a higher mark than Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Obama.
Carroll said the new approval rating was an across-the-board success for Christie.
“The Gov gets sky-high marks from the cities, the Shore, from every corner of the state,” Carroll said in a release.
Christie’s previous high approval rating of 59 percent was in an April 11, 2012 Quinnipiac poll.
On Monday, Christie filed papers to run for re-election saying it would be wrong for him to leave now with the state still facing challenges from Sandy.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll also found nearly six in 10 registered voters support a second term for Christie. The poll also showed Christie with a 67 percent approval rating.
The Quinnipiac poll of 1,664 registered voters was conducted from Nov. 19 to 25 and has an error margin of 2.4 percentage points.
The Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 1,108 registered voters was conducted from Nov. 14 to 17 and has an error margin of 2.9 percentage points.
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