Pollster: 'Everybody Has Kind Of Rallied Around The Governor'

MONMOUTH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to ride a wave of support from his handling of superstorm Sandy, according to a newly released Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.

“The governor’s doing really well after Hurricane Sandy. He has an approval rating of 67 percent among all New Jersey residents and 69 percent among voters here in the state. Only 22 percent [of registered voters] disapprove of the job that he is doing. That is a big jump from the 55 percent approval rating he had before the storm hit back in September,” director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute Patrick Murray told WCBS 880.

The poll shows no evidence of a gender gap, with 68 percent of men and 66 percent of women giving the governor high marks. Christie also got high marks from public workers, a group the governor has had ongoing battles with, Murray said.

“Basically, there’s been a sense that the governor has been working on behalf of the public,” Murray told WCBS 880. “Everybody has kind of rallied around the governor.”

This is just the latest in a string of polls conducted after Sandy showing Christie garnering high approval ratings.

Last week, Christie garnered the highest approval rating of any New Jersey governor in Quinnipiac polling history.

That poll also showed the majority of New Jersey voters supported a second term as governor for Christie.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll also showed a majority in support of the governor’s re-election.

“Right now, we find that 61 percent of New Jersey voters say that he deserves a second term. Only two in 10 say that it’s time for someone new,” Murray said.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll was conducted by telephone with 816 New Jersey adults from November 29 to December 2, 2012 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.

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