Chris Christie received high marks in a new poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University and Public Mind Poll.

"As Governor Christie prepares to deliver his annual State of the State address tomorrow, a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds that almost three quarters (73%) of registered voters in the state approve of the job he’s doing as governor, and more than two-thirds (68%) rate his job performance as “excellent” or “good.” This is the second highest approval rating the poll has measured for Governor Christie. His best rating came only recently, in the days after Hurricane Sandy, when PublicMind registered a 77 percent approval rating for the governor," the poll notes.

"Governor Christie’s strong public support extends across virtually all demographic groups, including Democrats (62%), non-whites (69%), women (70%), and those who reside in public employee households (62%). These are groups who have historically proven a tough sell for Republican governors."

Sixty-one percent indicate that the state is "headed in the right direction."

Christie, who is up for reelection, is polling ahead of his competition. "Challengers – both declared and undeclared – to the governor’s job face an uphill battle with the public, at least for now. By sizable margins, Governor Christie beats state senators Richard Codey (59 to 26%, respectively), Barbara Buono (64 to 21%, respectively), and Steve Sweeney (65 to 19%, respectively). Even among their base, senators Codey, Buono, and Sweeney appear to be struggling against Governor Christie. Forty-five percent of Democrats would support Senator Codey in a head-to-head with Governor Christie, 35 percent would support Senator Buono, and a third (33%) would support Senator Sweeney," according to the pollsters.

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