It’s good to be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday shows the Republican with a sky-high approval rating of 74 percent — the highest a Garden State governor has ever recorded in the 17-year history of the Quinnipiac poll — and he leads his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, by 37 percentage points.
The new survey is just the latest indication that the bounce Christie received following Hurricane Sandy has yet to recede. In mid-October, his approval rating stood at a solid 56 percent, but that pales in comparison to his current poll numbers.
“Most governors would kill for a 56 percent job approval rating,” said Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Christie gets that from Democrats!”
Christie leads Buono in this November’s general election, 62 percent to 25 percent, the poll shows.