New Jerseyans approve of both Obama and Christie
In the Garden State, Governor Chris Christie's approval rating is 59 percent, and Barack Obama's is 51 percent. New Jersey is the only state with a Republican governor to also give the president an approval rating over 50 percent.
While emphasizing that poll numbers are fleeting, Christie said his high approval ratings show that people "appreciate the fact that I tell the truth."
Patrick Murray, a pollster at Monmouth University says, "New Jersey has had a history of separating national issues from state issues," meaning New Jerseyans can approve of a Republican governor's policies at the state level and a Democratic president's at the national level.
But pollster Peter Woolsey explains, "This is a Jersey thing."