TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A pair of newly released polls suggest that all the national attention and presidential talk (see related story) seem to have helped New Jersey Governor Chris Christie back in his home state.

The governor’s job approval numbers are the best they’ve ever been, in both a Quinnipiac University poll and a Monmouth University survey.

The Quinnipiac polls put the approval-disapproval percentages for Christie at 58-38; the Monmouth numbers are 54-38.

Women, who had been more heavily against him, now favor him for the first time in both surveys.

But Monmouth poll director Patrick Murray predicts that trend will wane as the national spotlight fades.

“People are going to turn back to the other reasons why they judge Chris Christie, and those are about the issues back here in New Jersey that he has to take care of,” Murray tells KYW Newsradio.

Quinnipiac poll director Mickey Carroll isn’t so sure, though.

“The Romney stuff [see related story] got a lot of attention, and he said — and Romney said too — they expect him to campaign for Romney.”

Carroll also noted that his poll shows New Jersey voters agree — by a margin of eight to one — with Christie’s decision not to seek the presidency, although almost three out of four see his political future extending beyond the statehouse.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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