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Bridget Johnson


January 23, 2013 - 7:26 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has enjoyed meteoric popularity in his home state since Hurricane Sandy, a new poll out today reveals.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds Christie, with a 74 percent approval rating, tied with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as most popular out of all states surveyed.

Seventy-nine percent responded that Christie was right to criticize congressional Republicans for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief. Seventy percent of Republicans polled felt that way.

Christie’s approval is 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.

The governor deserves reelection, voters say 68 – 24 percent, with Democrats at 47 – 43 percent. Christie leads possible Democratic challengers by margins of 2-1 or higher; in hypothetical matchups, Christie takes 30 to 35 percent of the Democratic vote.

“2016 – here we come,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “First, of course, Gov. Christie has to get reelected this year. Right now, it doesn’t look like a problem.”

The poll of New Jersey voters also found that they want 89-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who celebrates his birthday today, to retire.

Looking forward to the 2014 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads Lautenberg 51 – 30 percent.

Lautenberg gets a 50 percent approval rating, but 45 percent say he shouldn’t be re-elected.

“Nothing but positive scores for Newark Mayor Cory Booker. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets an OK job-approval rating and favorability, but voters don’t think he should seek six more years in the Senate,” Carroll said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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