Poll: NJ gov sees highest approval ratings yet

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question at Sharp Elementary School in Cherry Hill, N.J., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. Christie visited a group of first graders, before telling a gathering that new curriculum standards being implemented in schools across New Jersey are sorely needed to prepare students for college and careers. Christie said that he's tired of seeing schools handing out what he calls "fake diplomas." (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

October 12, 2011 4:11:37 AM PDT
A new poll shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more popular than ever at home.

The Quinnipiac University Poll out Wednesday shows Christie with a 58 percent job approval rating - his highest ever in the poll.

And while a majority of voters polled think Christie could have won if he ran for president, they seem glad he didn't - they back his decision to stay put by a margin of 8-1.

Voters also agree with Christie by a 3-1 margin that he doesn't have the personality to be vice president.

Women are also warming to him; 51 percent approve of his performance, a 25-point swing from August.

The telephone poll of 1,186 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 5-10. It has an error margin of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.