Chris Christie Now Most Popular New Jersey Governor Ever

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Nov. 27 2012 3:07 PM

Chris Christie Now Most Popular New Jersey Governor Ever

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced he will seek re-election in 2013, and he picked a nice time to do it: A new poll shows his approval rating at 72 percent, the highest ever for a sitting governor in the Garden State.

Christie’s stock soared more than 15 points in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, even in a Democratic-leaning state that went decisively for President Obama on Election Day. Christie has been a constant presence in local media since the devastating storm, with lengthy press conferences trumpeting relief efforts along the battered Jersey coast.

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Christie’s rising profile led national Republicans to urge him to run for president this year, and the governor's announcement could dampen hopes for a 2016 bid. As he put it, with characteristic bluntness: “It would be wrong for me to leave now. I don't want to leave now. We have a job to do.”

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