Christie’s approval rate rising on home turf

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s job approval rating is now the highest since he took office.

More than half of the New Jersey residents surveyed by the Monmouth University Polling Institute say they like the job Christie is doing. That’s up four points, to 54 percent, since August.

Poll director Patrick Murray said the governor’s response to Hurricane Irene and his flirtation with a presidential run showed him to be a strong leader who represents the state well.

“”It also helped that right now neither side, the Democrats or Chris Christie, are talking about property taxes or education,” Murray said. “So that takes people’s minds off the issues in which they’re not so sure that the governor is going to achieve the kinds of things that they want him to.”

Murray said Christie’s high ratings might not last if the governor and the Legislature are unable to work together to deal with those issues.

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