New Jersey Voters Back Christie Over Congress On Sandy Relief
Not surprisingly, New Jersey voters are highly supportive of Governor Chris Christie’s tirade against Congress earlier this month when they failed to pass a relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy:
(CNN) - While House Republican leaders may not have enjoyed their verbal lashing from Gov. Chris Christie earlier this month over the delayed vote on a relief package for Superstorm Sandy, the governor’s public scolding sure found support among New Jersey voters.
A whopping 79% of Garden State voters, including 70% of Republicans, say their GOP governor was right to criticize the Washington lawmakers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
Christie also finds himself in an excellent position for re-election:
Christie’s job approval ratings, however, have soared since the storm, as the governor has continued to receive high praise for his handling of the aftermath. In the poll, 74% of voters in the state say they approve of his work-his highest score ever in Quinnipiac polls.
Breaking it down by party, 93% of Republicans approve, while 78% of Democrats feel the same way. Those aren’t bad numbers for a governor who’s up for re-election this year and could potentially run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The survey also shows Christie leading possible Democratic challengers in his gubernatorial run by margins of 2 to 1 or higher.
“Overwhelming support for their Jersey Guy (governor) from every group in every corner of the state translates into a sky-high approval rating matched only by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 2016 – here we come,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release for the poll.
“First, of course, Gov. Christie has to get re-elected this year. Right now, it doesn’t look like a problem,” Carroll added.
Indeed it doesn’t.