(CNN) – Despite lots of chatter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie keeps saying he won't run for president in 2012, and a new poll suggests that's just fine with people in his state.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 51 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie's doing as governor, an approval rating higher than President Barack Obama or any other statewide leader. But the poll, released Tuesday, indicates that more than six in ten say Christie would not make a good president and six in ten say Christie will not run for the White House in 2012. Two-thirds say that speculation over a possible Christie bid is just political gossip.
"We like our in-your-face governor, Christopher Christie, and think he's a real Jersey guy – sometimes a bully, often confrontational, but getting a fair number of A's and a lot of B's in his first year," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But all that Christie-for-President chatter in the national news media? New Jerseyans think it's more political gossip than a serious possibility. Only one in five think he might run and most doubt that he's ready for the White House."
Two days ago, on the Sunday talk shows, Christie reiterated his line that he won't run for president, saying he will be governor of New Jersey in 2013. Last year Christie pulled off an upset victory over Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 3-8, with 1,362 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
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