TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) –– Seventy-four percent of New Jersey voters surveyed approve of the job Gov. Chris Christie is doing, tying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the highest job approval rating of any governor in states surveyed by Quinnipiac University.
Wednesday’s poll showed the New Jersey Republican’s positives outweigh his negatives among Democrats, independents and women.
Sixty-eight percent said Christie deserves re-election, compared with 24 percent who want someone else.
The poll said 47 percent of Democrats believe Christie deserves to be re-elected.
Among men, 79 percent approved of the governor. He also enjoys a 69 percent approval rating among women, according to the poll.
Christie leads possible Democratic opponents, including Sen. Richard Codey, Sen. Barbara Buono and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, by margins of at least 2-to-1.
The poll also showed Newark Mayor Cory Booker with an early 51 to 31 percent lead over incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.
The survey of 1,647 registered voters was taken Jan. 15-21 and has an error margin of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
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