TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie continues to ride a wave of popular opinion that started in November after Hurricane Sandy.
A Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday finds the Republican governor getting a positive job approval rating from every demographic group surveyed including Democrats, independents and women.
Sixty-eight percent of respondents say Christie deserves re-election, compared with 24 percent who want someone else in charge. Christie leads possible Democratic challengers Barbara Buono, Dick Codey and Steve Sweeney by margins of at least 2-to-1.
The poll also shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker with an early lead over Frank Lautenberg in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Booker is supported by 51 percent, while 30 percent back the incumbent.
The survey of 1,647 registered voters was taken Jan. 15-21 and has an error margin of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.