In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Christie is in his first term at New Jersey's helm, and his brash governing style and populist rhetoric have led some to wonder whether he would be a strong, fresh candidate for the GOP to run behind in 2012. Yet Christie has declared that he will not seek the party's presidential nomination, and though he remains popular in his home state--48% of respondents said they approved of his job performance, versus 45% who said they disapproved--the poll indicates that his constituents aren't ready to give him control of the federal government.
New Jersey, a deep blue state, gave Obama his fourth highest approval rating of the 37 states PPP has polled in the past year. A 51% majority of respondents said they approved of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 43% who said they disapproved.
Obama carried New Jersey by 15 points in 2008 to claim the state's 14 electoral votes. Due to reapportionment caused by the 2010 census, the state will have one less electoral vote next time around.
The PPP poll was conducted January 6-9 among 520 New Jersey voters. It has a margin of error of 4.3%.