Washington (CNN) - Two new polls indicate that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's poll numbers are on the rise.
The surveys Tuesday release come as Christie marks a little over a year in office, and come just days before the Garden State's Republican governor is on the ballot at a straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, even though he has repeatedly said he is not going to run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 52 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of the job their in-your-face style governor is doing in office, with four in ten saying they disapprove. Christie's approval rating is up 6 points from a 46 percent approval rating in Quinnipiac's last poll in New Jersey, which was conducted in December.
But the poll indicates a partisan divide, with more than eight in ten Republicans but just over a quarter of Democrats approving of the job Christie's doing as governor. Independent voters approve by a 55 to 36 percent margin.
Fifty-four percent of people questioned in the poll say they rate Christie's first year in office as a success, with 35 percent calling it a failure. There's a similar partisan divide on the success or failure question.
"New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is a real New Jersey guy and he stirs a lot of real New Jersey emotions," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "A lot of people like him and his policies and others who don't like his policies like him anyway. And then there are people who don't like him or his policies. Go figure. Or if you're a New Jersey guy, or a Jersey girl, and don't like to be told what to do – don't figure."
According to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll also released Tuesday, 49 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Christie's job in office, with 41 percent saying they disapprove. The 49 percent approval rating is up five points from Monmouth's last poll, conducted in September.
Like the Quinnipiac survey, the Monmouth poll indicates a wide partisan divide over Christie. And according to the survey, the governor gets high grades on controlling costs and cutting waste, but lower grades on providing property tax relief.
"New Jersey's highest in the nation property tax burden continues to shadow the governor. He's built a reputation for getting things done, so he may suffer the most if relief doesn't come soon," says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
In 2009 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, and for his often outspoken style.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 3-7, with 1,347 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll was conducted February 2-7, with 801 Garden state adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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Oh gee the male version of Palin wants to be president. He is going to get someone to say, they are giving the country and offer they can't refuse. This overweight guy will never ever be nominated much less be president. Just remember there are more Democrats AND Independents than republicans and they don't like this loud mouthed bully A TINY TINY BIT.
Weren't Tea-O-P'ers in 2008 insisting that Obama didn't have enough experience to be president? Now it's OK for someone who's been a governor for less time than Sarah Palin was to be a hot prospet for the White House? No. The reason Christie's numbers rae rising isn't because people like him; it's because the GOPers don't like any of the candidates they see and they're grabbing at anything with a shine on it.
the simple fact is that the voters of new jersey haven't felt the affects of these budget cuts its good politics to talk about but its bad politics when it happens because no voters wants the cuts in government to effect them and when it does his numbers will fall like a rock the republicans are scrambling to find someone to run against Obama that will win and as it stands right now Obama is a shoe in and they know it only time will tell if they do cut the budget as they said they would and Obama just has to sit back and watch the fire works
No wonder he's a hit with self-styled "Conservative" Republicans since he's got a big bullish mouth, no sense, plays to the mob mentality and, except for being heavier physically, is the spitting image of the first big moth dumb-s...t GOP'er: RWR.
His numbers will fall if he keeps up his attacks on the middle class and teachers.
Chris Christie has been a GREAT governor – not afraid to make some of the terrible (spending cut) decisions that MUST BE MADE. On this particular topic, I "am with" the Tea Party (in congress) – START CUTTING THAT DEFICIT, even if it means closing some military bases in areas where the threat-level to the US and its allies is low. We need Republicans with "brains" – guys like Chris Christie and Scott Brown. Sick and tired of HATE MONGERS like Coulter, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity (people to seem to despise anyone who is not exactly like them).
Christie is tough but it is too early to tell if his “toughness” will pay off. He needs to get the property tax down because that is ALL that will be remembered – because it affects people "personally" – when elections roll around again!!
I don't know why they are pulling a straw for him!!! He cannot leave NJ in the middle of what he is trying to accomplish!! He would be considered a QUITTER and that will not sit well with VOTERS (LQQK @ Palin!!)!!
If New Jerseyans are HAPPY – then that is all that matters. If hard to please NewYorkers and NewJerseyans!!!
As a resident of NJ, he hasn't done what is really needed - understanding what needs to be done to help the poor. He cut programs that helped the poor survive without understanding how they affect the state economy; how much of that money that goes out comes back. He also refuses to understand that not raising taxes may sound good, but fails to resolve the need to pay down bonds issued and the obligations of the state.
Christie has enlarger the debt because he has FAILED to live up to his obligations about the pension system. I don't think he has also tried talking to the unions about pension reform; only yelled and sounded like a bully. He has forgotten that he is an administrator rather than an attorney that wants to get his way. He fails to understand the art of the compromise. He still has too much ideology in him to be truly effective.
Governor Christie is the real deal, and we love him in New Jersey. He is not bought and controlled by the unions. We love Christie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charity starts at home. I wish Christie could do something about his size first before caring others. It worries me he can double his size in case he is successful to be in the White House!
Republicans say the Treasury has no money, but Fatboy won't pay back the $300 million that NJ received for the tunnel he cancelled. They say the Treasury has no money, but they gave $700 billion in tax cuts to their fat cat wealthy friends. Now they're against cutting tax subsidies to oil companies enjoying billion dollar profits. All so they can say the Treasury has no money, the states have no money, so the unions and their public pensions are to blame. How many of these fat loudmouth hypocrites who are worth millions take their Social Security and Medicare benefits, I wonder? Maybe Anderson Cooper can keep them honest, or WikiLeaks can investigate. I bet Gingrich cashes his government pension check every month.
Love Christie. He just the type of no-nonsense guy we need to lead this country. Gets things done no matter what the politics are. WATCH this guy! he's a sleeper for the presidential nomination. Americaeeds someone like him if we are to recapture our heritage!