Some Republicans still want answers from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for his embrace of President Obama just days before the election and in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But the tough-talking governor has won plenty of other allies for his handling of the storm’s aftermath.
A Rutgers-Ealgeton poll on Wednesday showed that 67 percent of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of Christie. That’s a 19-point jump since the previous Rutgers-Eagleton poll in September. The poll also found his constituents overwhelmingly approve of Christie’s post-storm stewardship, while 81 percent believe he and Obama displayed “needed cooperation and bipartisanship” in the wake of the disaster.
Two other recent polls show Christie drawing a political boost. A survey on Tuesday from a right-leaning pollster, conducted on behalf of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, showed Christie with an eye-popping approval rating of 77 percent among New Jersey voters. Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University poll on Tuesday revealed that Christie had won widespread admiration from individuals outside his state, with New York City voters giving him higher marks for his response to Sandy than the city’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Obama.
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