TRENTON – New Jersey voters staunchly back Gov. Chris Christie’s sharp criticism of congressional Republicans who delayed a vote on Superstorm Sandy aid, a new Quinnipiac Poll shows.
Christie’s rebuke of House leadership was deserved, N.J. voters say 79 – 15 percent, including 70 – 22 percent among Republicans, according to the poll. It should come as no surprise that Christie’s job approval rating hit an all-time high of 74 – 21 percent in the poll.
The approval breaks down as follows: 93 – 4 percent among Republicans, 56 – 37 percent among Democrats and 78 – 18 percent among independent voters. Men approve 79 – 18 percent while women approve 69 – 24 percent.
That translates into voters saying 68 – 24 percent that Christie deserves re-election, the poll shows.
“ ‘Give ‘em hell, Chris!’ New Jersey voters say about Gov. Christopher Christie’s attack on House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans when they delayed the vote on Superstorm Sandy relief,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release accompanying the poll.
In the poll, Christie leads possible Democratic challengers by margins of 2-1 or higher:
From Jan. 15 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,647 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 616 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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