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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:05 AM

NJ voters overwhelmingly back Christie's rebuke to House Republicans

January 23rd, 2013
09:06 AM ET

Posted by CNN's Ashley Killough

(CNN) – ... A whopping 79% of Garden State voters, including 70% of Republicans, say their GOP governor was right to criticize the Washington lawmakers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday ...

The poll indicated that only 15% of New Jersey voters, including 22% of Republicans, did not approve of Christie's comments. While not a New Jersey resident, GOP Sen. Rand Paul criticized Christie for the uproar, referring to it as a "tantrum" last week in a radio interview.

Christie's job approval ratings, however, have soared since the storm, as the governor has continued to receive high praise for his handling of the aftermath. In the poll, 74% of voters in the state say they approve of his work–his highest score ever in Quinnipiac polls.

Breaking it down by party, 93% of Republicans approve, while 78% of Democrats feel the same way. Those aren't bad numbers for a governor who's up for re-election this year and could potentially run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The survey also shows Christie leading possible Democratic challengers in his gubernatorial run by margins of 2 to 1 or higher ...

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/23/nj-voters-overwhelmingly-back-christies-rebuke-to-house-republicans/

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