The state’s highest official has enjoyed increased popularity recently. Gov. Chris Christie has more people approve of his job than disapprove. Among registered voters, the governor has a 50 percent approval rating, according to monmouth University. This is the first time he has hit the 50% mark in the Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll since taking office. It is also the first time since early April that he broke 50% approval in any non-partisan New Jersey poll.
The governor’s decision to veto more than $1 billion in spending from the legislature’s budget may have caused an uproar among Democrats, but most New Jerseyans appear to accept his decision even if they may not like it. Among residents who followed the budget debate, 33% say they were dissatisfied with the governor’s line-item cuts compared to fewer (22%) who say they were satisfied by his veto choices. Another 42% say they can live the cuts he made even though they are not particularly satisfied with them.