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Poll: NJ Voters Like Christie, Not Necessarily His Work On Jobs, Taxes

By David Madden

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBS) -- With less than two weeks before voters go to the polls, it appears that New Jersey governor Chris Christie is riding high in the latest survey assessing him and his performance in office -- even though people are not completely satisfied.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll gives Christie a 61 percent favorability rating, and 67 percent of those surveyed approve of the way he's done his job.

Poll director David Redlawsk considers those numbers amazing when you take certain other factors into account.

"We've got only 38 percent of registered voters in the state actually approving of how Christie is handling the issue of taxes, and 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy and jobs," he notes.

The pollsters  stress that this is not a look at how people might vote next month on Christie's re-election.  But this survey also asked how people felt about his opponent, state senator Barbara Buono.

Forty-three percent of respondents had no real impression of her, and the rest were evenly split (28 percent favorable, 29 percent unfavorable).


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