New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie gets decent grades from voters as he nears the end of his first year in office, with a 51 – 38 percent approval rating, higher than President Barack Obama or any other statewide leader, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today…

New Jersey voters say 61 – 24 percent that Christie would not make a good president. Even Republicans say only 45 – 36 percent that their governor is ready for the White House. Christie will not run for president in 2012, voters say 60 – 21 percent, and speculation that he will is just political gossip, 67 percent of voters say.

Still, Christie outscores President Obama, who gets a negative 46 – 50 percent approval rating in the Garden State, down from a 47 – 47 percent split in an August 19 Quinnipiac University poll and Obama’s worst score ever in the state.