Better and better: Chris Christie's approval rating in New Jersey now higher than Obama's

Not only is he above 50 percent, he’s up seven points since the last poll. Read the data any way you like. Proof that Christiemania on the right is spreading statewide in New Jersey? Proof that the red wave that’s coming in November is starting to lift Republican governors, even in blue states? Or merely proof that, even in Democratic strongholds, it just ain’t that hard these days to poll better than Barack Obama?

Fifty-one percent of voters approve of Christie, while 36 percent disapprove. That’s a major jump from the last Quinnipiac poll, taken on June 17, when 44 percent approved and 43 percent disapproved.

“This is a good poll for Christie,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “People are getting to know him, and they apparently are getting to like him.”

President Obama does not fare as well. Fourty-seven percent approve of the president and 47 percent disapprove. In June, 50 percent of New Jersey voters approved of his job performance and 46 percent disapproved.

Only 39 percent call him a “bully” whereas 51 percent call him a “leader.” How much of a rock star is he? Well, the Republican Governors Association — led by “the most powerful Republican in politics,” with fundraising money to burn — is putting together a 20-minute movie/campaign commercial about Christie that’s set to drop sometime next month. He’s their poster boy for the midterms, in other words, and to me a perfect choice in light of what I said yesterday about emphasizing fiscal conservatism as the message in the fall, not anything mosque-related. Given how sweet the RGA’s ads have been thus far, it should be dynamite. Here’s a sneak preview.

Remember November Act I: ‘A New Jersey’ Opening Featurette from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.