By Paul Kurtz

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — So, how do New Jersey voters feel about their governor seeking higher office?

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Chris Christie made it official today, confirming what most people had assumed for months:  he’s running for the GOP nomination for president of the United States.

We only looked at a small, non-scientific sample, but overall, the sentiment among New Jersey residents about a Christie presidential bid seems to reflect the latest polls, which give Christie only a 30-percent approval rating.

“He had a problem with the pension, and I work for the State of New Jersey,” said one woman we spoke with.  “And other issues still pending need to be cleared up.”

“Look at what’s happening at the shore towns after Sandy — still need aid,” noted one man.  “And I think some of those towns in Gloucester County, after the storm last week, were asking for aid from the governor and he was nowhere to be found.”

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Even among Republicans, the response appeared to be tepid.

“Well, he has a lot of presence,” one man told KYW Newsradio.  “I think there are other candidates who are a little stronger on the issues.”

“He doesn’t have my vote, no,” said another registered Republican.  “I just don’t like him.  Don’t like his attitude. Arrogant.”

 

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