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September 13, 2013

When asked what they think of the job that Gov. Chris Christie is doing, 60 percent of New Jerseyans say they have a favorable impression, according to the most recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

Yet when asked what they think of how he is handling specific issues like the economy, taxes, and education, most disapprove.

New Jerseyans disapprove of the way Christie is handling the economy and jobs (52 percent vs. 42 percent). He gets even lower ratings for his handling of taxes, with 58 percent saying they disapprove; 34 percent, approve. In education, 49 percent disapprove, 42 percent approve.

Respondents to the poll give him the highest marks when it comes to his handling of Sandy (79 percent in favor, 17 percent against). They also approve of his handling of crime and drugs (49 percent vs. 33 percent) and the state budget (47 percent vs. 42 percent).

With the gubernatorial election only two months away, Democratic candidate Barbara Buono remains an unknown to likely voters, with 51 percent saying they have no opinion or don’t know of her. Those that do are somewhat split, with 27 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of her and 22 percent unfavorable.

Interestingly enough, despite nearly four years in office, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is even less well known than Buono, with 71 percent saying they don’t know of her or have no opinion. Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Milly Silva also doesn’t register with voters, with 79 percent of respondents drawing a blank.

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