Christie’s approval rating springs back in N.J.

A new poll shows N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s voter approval rating is on the upswing again in his own state. The nationally popular governor had a negative rating in Garden State polling this spring after unveiling his budget plan.

Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray says the latest survey shows 50 percent of New Jersey’s registered voters now approve of the job Christie is doing.

“The turnaround, I think, is with the governor’s decisiveness. Even if people don’t agree with what he’s done, it’s a sense that he’s doing something,” Murray said.

Murray said most residents accept the billion dollars in spending cuts Christie made to the budget Democrats in the Legislature enacted as something that needed to be done.

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Voters are giving Christie a lower grade on controlling property taxes with only 3 percent of those questioned saying the state has made a lot of progress on that issue. Murray says that could be troublesome for Christie if he runs for a second term.

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