Christie Soars, But Clinton Tops Him
PHOTO: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie describes plans, Feb. 19, 2013, in Lavallette, N.J., while making an announcement on the reconstruction of Route 35, a major shore highway that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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"How high is up?" That's the question today from Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The pollsters at Quinnipiac are out with a new New Jersey poll and it's a record breaker.

It shows a 74 percent approval rating for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the highest of any New Jersey governor in 17 years of Quinnipiac surveys. New Jersey voters also say 71 to 23 percent that Christie deserves reelection this year.

Christie's rating is currently the highest of any governor in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac. Even 56 percent of New Jersey Democrats approve of Christie and say 48 percent of them say he deserves reelection. He leads his likely Democratic opponent, State Sen. Barbara Buono, 62 to 25 percent.

"Most governors would kill for a 56 percent job approval rating. Republican Gov. Christie gets that from Democrats," Carroll said in a release revealing the numbers.

This is similar to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll out last month that showed a 73 percent approval rating for Christie from Garden State voters. The sky high numbers come after Christie's response to super storm Sandy, at times even taking on members of his own party to get federal funds for rebuilding.

While Jersey Democrats approve of Christie, they appear to be split if he ends up running for president against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, the poll shows.

New Jersey voters favor the former Secretary of State 49 percent to 45, according to the poll. New Jersey has not gone red in a presidential election since 1988.

Christie, however, tops potential White House rival New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 54 to 36 percent.

"If the 2016 presidential race shapes up to be the battle of the Hudson, native son Christie tops New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the west bank of the river, but is locked in a tight race with the Empire State's favorite adopted daughter, Hillary Clinton," Carroll said.

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