(CNN) – The first New Jersey poll in 2013, the year that Chris Christie’s up for re-election, indicates that nearly three-quarters of the state’s voters give the tough talking Republican governor the thumbs up.
According to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey, 73% of registered voters say they approve of the job Christie’s doing as governor. The poll’s Monday release comes a day before Christie delivers the annual state of the state address for New Jersey.
Christie’s approval rating is his second highest in Fairleigh Dickinson polling, down just four points from his 77% level in the days after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New Jersey in late October. Christie’s approval rating soared in Fairleigh Dickinson polling and in a slew of surveys from other organizations conducted after the storm, thanks in part to his very active response to Sandy, which caused severe damage across parts of the Garden State.
According to the new poll, Christie wins strong support from groups that normally don’t give rave reviews to Republicans. Sixty-two percent of Democrats, 69% of non-whites, and seven in ten women say they approve of the job Christie’s doing.
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