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Christie’s Approval Rating Rises to Record in Voter Poll

April 11 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating reached its highest level since the first-term Republican took office in 2010, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.

Registered voters approved of how the governor is doing his job 59 percent to 36 percent, according to the survey released today. That’s four percentage points higher than in February and up from a low of 44 percent in June. He scored highest ratings among Republicans, at 92 percent, and was at 64 percent among independents. Democrats disapproved, 64 percent to 30 percent.

“Whether Governor Christopher Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job-approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, said in a statement.

Christie said he couldn’t attribute the favorable poll result to any one policy.

“I just think people like the job I’m doing,” he said at a press conference today at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater. New Jerseyans, he said, appreciate that “I don’t take any crap.”

Tax Cut

Christie proposed a 10 percent income-tax cut in February, part of a $32.1 billion spending plan that counts on revenue increasing 7.3 percent, the most since before the recession that began in December 2007. Reducing taxes is possible now that the state’s “fiscal house is in order,” Christie has said, and is part of what he calls the “New Jersey comeback.”

Support for the tax cut remained roughly unchanged from February, with 54 percent backing the plan, the poll showed. Support was highest at 58 percent among households making less than $50,000 annually and those making more than $250,000.

Given a choice, voters favor a plan by Democratic lawmakers to instead ease the state’s property-tax burden, 49 percent to 38 percent who prefer Christie’s proposal. Voters support by 57 percent to 24 percent state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bid for a 10 percent property-tax credit for households with an annual income of $250,000 or less.

The telephone survey of 1,607 voters April 3-9 had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

To contact the reporter on this story: Esme E. Deprez in New York at edeprez@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

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