But Respondents Do Not Blame Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A new poll Tuesday showed fewer New Jerseyans are optimistic about the direction of their state, but they don’t think Gov. Chris Christie is to blame.

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Tuesday found 49 percent of respondents think the state is headed in the right direction, an 8-point drop since June. That is compared with 34 percent who believe the state is on the wrong track, a 6-point gain.

The same poll found Christie’s approval rating is 58 percent, which has slipped just barely from 61 percent since June.

Nearly two-thirds also said their quality of life was about the same as when Christie became governor in 2010.

Regardless, Christie dismissed the poll, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

“It’s not my experience, and it’s inconsistent with other polls that we’ve seen,” he said. “I think people in New Jersey are generally optimistic about the direction the state’s moving, and it’s certainly a heck of a lot more optimistic than they were four years ago. That’s for sure.”

The telephone survey of 700 registered voters was conducted Aug. 21-27 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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