New Jersey

Poll: Gov. Christie gets high job approval marks

TRENTON, N.J. -  A new poll shows a majority of New Jersey residents think Gov. Chris Christie's speech at the Republican National Convention was self-serving, but they're not holding it against him.

The Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll finds 51 percent of registered voters think Christie is doing a good job as governor, while 35 percent disapprove of his performance.

The governor gets the high job approval rating even though 58 percent of respondents overall _ and nearly half of Republicans _ believe his keynote speech in Tampa was self-promotional and not terribly helpful to the GOP ticket.

The telephone survey of 901 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 6-12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

And will he run for re-election?

The 50-year-old Republican has said he won't decide until after this November's election. But he keeps talking about how much he loves the job.

Political pollster Patrick Murray of Monmouth University says it would be better for Christie to run for president in 2016 as an incumbent governor.

But experts agree that it's a high-stakes choice: If he runs for re-election and loses, he's done politically.


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