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    Gov. Christie's favorability rating skyrockets in wake of Hurricane Sandy, poll shows

    Is Governor Christie a shoe-in?

    Looks to me like he is

    New Jersey voters’ impressions of Gov. Chris Christie went through the roof after seeing how he handled Hurricane Sandy, according to a new poll released this morning.

    The Rutgers-Eagleton poll found that 67 percent of registered voters now view Christie favorably — a 19 point jump from October.

    "It’s unbelievable, frankly," David Redlawsk, the director of the poll, said. "I’ve never seen anything like it."

    Ninety percent of New Jersey voters said Christie handled the crisis either "very well" or "somewhat well." The vast majority of respondents — 81 percent — also said they thought Christie was right to work closely and publicly with President Obama, something for which he has taken blistering criticism from conservative critics.

    What’s more, 61 percent of all New Jersey adults said Christie’s performance made them more supportive of him. Even half of Democrats — 49 percent — said they view Christie favorably; last month, only 22 percent did.

    Obama has a 61 percent favorability rating among the state’s registered voters — up from 56 percent in the last Rutgers-Eagleton poll, and 84 percent said he handled the crisis well.

    "Governor Christie has emerged as a clear leader in this crisis, with New Jerseyans applauding his efforts, and in particular his literal and figurative embrace of President Obama in a time of need," Redlawsk said. "Despite a recent New York Times story that some national GOP leaders are condemning the governor for his show of bipartisanship, New Jerseyans of all stripes say it was exactly the right thing to do."

    New Jersey residents also gave high marks to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, although they weren’t as familiar with his storm performance. Forty-nine percent said he did either very well or somewhat well, while just 6 percent rated him poorly. Another 46 percent didn’t have an opinion.

    Rutgers-Eagleton surveyed 1,228 New Jersey adults, of whom 1,108 said they were registered voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

    A separate poll showed that Christie’s popularity carried across the Hudson River. New Yorkers gave Gov. Chris Christie higher marks on his handling of Hurricane Sandy than they gave to their own elected officials, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed.

    The survey of 1,165 New York City voters showed that when asked who did the best job responding to the storm, 36 percent picked Christie, 22 percent chose President Obama, 15 percent selected New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and 12 percent said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Eighty-nine percent said Christie did an "excellent" or "good" job, compared with 85 percent who said the same of Cuomo, 84 percent for Obama and 75 percent for Bloomberg.

    "The storm of the century brings out the best in Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers say," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said. "But that love fest between New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially. While all four leaders get very high marks, it seems a hug or two never hurts."

    The poll, which was conducted from Nov. 14 to 18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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    NJ had pretty bad job numbers released over the summer, so there was a pretty good opening for a strong candidate to challenge Gov. Christie. Not sure he was going to run either way, but now I don't see Mayor Booker challenging him. 2014 U.S. Senate run more likely (assuming Senator Lautenberg retires, who's turning 90 years old)
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    Heh, looks good until you see:
    75 percent for Bloomberg.
    If 3/4 of the respondents think Bloomberg essentially forgetting Staten Island was in his state was "good or excellent", it can't take much to get to 90%.

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    Sweeney: Revel casino's finances 'dire'

    This should knock Sweeney out of the race. He and Governor Christie got the deal in whicj the state of NJ gave Revel $320 million in tax cuts. A north Jersey Democrat will now be the logical pick.

    Oh, and surprise, surprise Atlantic City gets the shaft. Again.

    If the Democrats are smart they can turn Bergen county against Christie. In the past whoever wins Bergen wins the election but this may be changing with the growth of Middlesex and morris counties.

    Bergen could vote against Christie since he killed the tunnel (and the dream of a one seat train ride to NYC), tried to kill the Blue laws via fiat and now $320 million down the tubes in order to create a bunch of $10 and hour jobs.

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - New Jersey's state senate president says the new Revel casino's finances are "dire," and that he fears Atlantic City's newest resort could fail.

    Stephen Sweeney says Revel owes $12 million in unpaid taxes to Atlantic City, which had planned a tax sale to recoup the money.

    But the city and Revel say they'll agree next month to settle three separate tax court cases over how much the casino that cost $2.4 billion is truly worth.

    In a letter to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, Sweeney says "the casino appears to be burning cash at an alarming rate," and still owes substantial money to contractors who helped build it.

    In terms of gambling revenue, Revel has been mired near the bottom of Atlantic City's 12 casinos since opening in April.

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    New Jersey added 12,900 jobs in February; jobless rate drops

    New Jersey’s addition of 12,900 jobs in February, and the accompanying decline in the jobless rate, are positive signs, but just part of an economic picture that shows the state is still struggling.

    Private sector employment increased by 7,100 jobs, and government employment rose by 5,800,
    according to the monthly jobs report by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The two sectors together produced a monthly total that is the second highest in three years, after the December increase of 24,500, a high number that some economists believe was likely shaped by Superstorm Sandy.

    Yet elsewhere, the report shows continued weakness. The state’s unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, a drop from 9.5 percent in January, is still well above the national rate of 7.7 percent.

    And the report also revised the January employment figures downward by 4,800, converting a previously reported gain of 2,200 jobs to a loss of 2,600.

    Joseph Seneca, a Rutgers University economist, noted that the state has added just 6,000 private sector jobs in the first two months of 2013, or about 3,000 a month.

    “If continued, (that) would be a modest pace for the rest of the year,” said Seneca. “The state's labor markets are still improving, but the current pace, based on the first two months of data, remains tepid.”

    The employment figures, and those used to calculate the unemployment rate, are produced from two separate surveys – one of employer payrolls and the other a household phone survey. Because they are unrelated, the two figures can provide different, sometimes conflicting, data.

    Seneca and Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research at CohnReznick, noted that the drop in the unemployment rate is not a sign of growth, because it wasn’t driven by people finding jobs - but people leaving the workforce.

    While the number of people who said they were unemployed fell by 11,700, the number of people who said they were employed rose by only about 300, the figures show. Instead, the size of the labor force fell by 11,300.

    “That decline, reflected the exodus of some 11,000 job seekers,” from the workforce, O’Keefe said. They left, he added, “not because they found jobs, but because they stopped looking for work,” because they were discouraged at what they saw as little chance they would be successful.

    “So the unemployment rate came down for what I think most economists view as a negative reason - a discouragement rather than a rise in job holding,” he said. He called it a “positive, but mixed report.”

    The figures were nevertheless touted by the administration of Governor Christie, who is running for reelection this year, and who has made job creation a top priority.

    After the jobs report was released Thursday, the administration repeated its previous argument that New Jersey’s unemployment rate is higher than the nation’s because a bigger proportion of the state’s population than the nation’s considers itself part of the workforce. Christie’s aides argue that that’s because New Jerseyans are more optimistic that they will find a job.

    Economists say that explanation could account for some of the elevation in the rate, but it’s unclear if it would explain it entirely.

    Thursday’s report also highlighted a conflict between the rosy jobs data and another of Christie’s aims – reducing the size of state and municipal workforces. While the employment increase of 12,900 jobs backs his claim to have improved the state’s economy, about 45 percent of those jobs were in government – 3,600 in at the municipal level and 1,800 in state government.

    Charles Steindel, Chief Economist for the New Jersey Department of Treasury, said in a release outlining the employment figures that “the unemployment rate is also moving in the right direction”

    “This is another solid jobs report that continues the general, upward trend of growth and progress,” he said.


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