By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A newly released poll provides some interesting insights from the people of New Jersey about their governor.

The Quinnipiac University survey, taken last week, shows Gov. Christie with a 53-percent approval rating, down three points from mid-November.

quinnipiac poll x New NJ Poll Brings Mixed News For Gov. Christie, President ObamaRegistered voters were asked if the governor might be selected as a Republican vice-presidential candidate. More than half see that as “somewhat” or “very” likely, but poll director Mickey Carroll says the people would rather see him stay in Trenton.

“Sixty-eight percent of voters tell Quinnipiac they think that Christie, despite their prediction that he might get it, wouldn’t be very good at it,” Carroll tells KYW Newsradio.

The same survey shows Mitt Romney well ahead of the GOP presidential pack in the Garden State, but losing head-to-head against President Obama.

The president’s job approval rating is split, 49 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving of his performance.

Senator Bob Menendez’s numbers are 42 favorable versus 39 percent unfavorable, and he looks good for re-election in November against a generic Republican.


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