It may be a longshot, but here’s hoping Governor Christie’s rising approval bodes well for Mitt Romney in New Jersey come November.
Gov. Chris Christie is more popular than ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
The poll, conducted from April 3 to 9, found 59 percent of voters approve of the governor’s performance in office, while 36 percent disapprove.
“Whether Gov. Christopher Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job-approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb,” said poll director Maurice Carroll.
Christie’s poll numbers are approaching the highest Quinnipiac has measured for an elected governor since it began polling on New Jersey governors in 1996. The most popular elected governor was Gov. Christie Whitman, who once held a 62 percent approval rating. In December 2005, When then-Senate President Richard Codey was serving as an unelected governor to fill the remainder of former Gov. Jim McGreevey’s term, he reached a 70 percent approval rating — the highest Quinnipiac has measured for a New Jersey governor.
There isn’t a Democrat in the state who could beat him in 2013 if he remains above 50%. At the same time, such popularity in what’s normally a solid blue state for Democrats could encourage Romney to go with him as VP.