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Poll: Christie Earns Highest Approval Rating Of Any New Jersey Governor In History

Another Poll Finds Nearly 60 Percent Support Christie's Re-Election
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

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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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