Presidential buzz boosts Christie in polls

Gov. Christie delivers his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) in New Hampshire. Christie criticized Romney rival Rick Perry for his association with a pastor who called Mormonism a cult. (JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images)

All that talk of Christie running for president -- the TV footage of Christie being wooed nationwide, the big speech at the Reagan Presidential Library -- made those at home like him a little bit more: Christie turned in the best approval ratings of his term among New Jersey voters this morning.

If you're not so sure about your girlfriend/boyfriend, and you go to the club together and everybody hits on him/her, doesn't that increase your interest just a bit? 

Popularity begets popularity.

Christie scores a 58 percent job approval rating, his best score ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. More shocking, Christie's approval rating among women is 51 percent, up a whopping 25 percent from an August poll that made it appear that Christie had a gender problem. Also in that poll, 84 percent of New Jerseyans believe Christie made the right decision not to run for president, with 60 percent saying the "Christie-for-president" was good for New Jersey (an argument Christie has made himself).

A new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media poll, also released today, has Christie with the highest job approval ratings in that poll's history, at 54 percent. That includes a 14 percent increase among independents.

“The buzz around Chris Christie’s fundraising trip and speech at the Reagan Library has reaped dividends for the governor, not only in elevating his national stature but in improving opinion among his constituents back here in New Jersey,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Meanwhile, as we reported today, here, Mitt Romney hopes some of this popularity rubs off on him. Christie endorsed Romney yesterday.