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Poll: While Gov. Christie’s Approval Rating Remains High, Many Aren’t Sure What To Expect From Him

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TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – While Gov. Christie’s approval rating remains high, few New Jersey residents know what to expect for his second term.

According to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, 65% of New Jerseyans approve of Christie’s performance, while 27% disapprove. Republicans (85%) and independents (73%) overwhelmingly approve, while Democrats are divided, with 47% approving and 45% disapproving.

While those results appear to be consistent with other recent polls on the Governor’s job performance, it appears that few living in the Garden State have any idea of what to expect from Gov Christie’s second term. Just 23% of residents say they have a clear idea of the specific policies Christie will pursue this term, while 36% say they have some idea. But 31% say they don’t have much of an idea, and 9% say they have no idea at all.

“Gov. Christie’s ratings are holding strong fresh off his resounding re-election victory. However, few New Jerseyans have a clear idea about what a second term holds in store,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Stellar approval ratings and no specific expectations from his constituents could give the governor a lot of leeway in carving out his political future.”

And the biggest issues New Jersey is facing? According to residents, job creation is at the top of the list at 35%, while property taxes are second at 25%.

To see the poll results, visit: www.monmouth.edu/polling