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POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:51 PM
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. (REUTERS / Chris Keane)

As Gov. Christie tries to drum up support on the presidential campaign trail, his reviews from New Jersey voters show an uptick but remain mostly negative, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday.

Of New Jersey registered voters surveyed by the poll, 35 percent are favorable toward Christie, with 55 percent unfavorable. The Republican governor’s favorability, while up 5 points since August, represents his second-lowest rating in the poll.

On job approval, 39 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Christie, and 56 percent disapprove. The job approval rating is improved 2 points since August, the poll said.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 3:29 PM
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Gov. Christie’s new presidential campaign video has a notable omission – Christie.

Instead, the video released online features audio of people Christie’s campaign described as attendees of his town-hall meetings, expressing frustration with Congress and government. Their voices are played over footage of what appears to be aides setting up for a Christie campaign event.

The message – it’s about you, voters, not about me – seems to be part of a new campaign branding for Christie, who is back in New Hampshire today for a three-day trip.

POSTED: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:28 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, seen here at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum, was a guest on The Daily Show on Wednesday night. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie’s call for tracking visa-overstayers with FedEx-like technology was the subject of questioning on the Daily Show Wednesday night.

Host Trevor Noah asked Christie how he intended to track people in the country on visas. “You want people to get FedEx stamps?” Noah said. (A native of South Africa, Noah told Christie, “I felt like you were talking to me personally,” joking that he was thinking of getting a FedEx “tramp stamp.”)

“Hold up both your hands,” Christie said. “You got ten stamps already.” People who enter the U.S. on visas should have a thumbprint taken, and then “when you have to access certain services in this country, give your thumbprint again,” Christie said.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 1:58 PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, seen here at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum, said he wouldn't consider raising the state's gas tax unless lawmakers pared back other levies. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie has a series of campaign-trail talking points: his vetoes over a Democratic-led Legislature, his efforts to roll back regulations opposed by businesses in New Jersey, his assignment of blame to President Obama for a world “on fire” with instability.

Lately, he’s incorporated a new element: his scolding of rivals Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina during a back-and-forth over their business records during the last GOP presidential debate.

In Iowa this week, Christie spent time during his campaign events reminding voters of the two-week-old moment.

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2015, 11:04 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address for fiscal year 2015 to the Legislature, February 25, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie has been devoting much of his campaign energy to New Hampshire. But this week, he’s expected to get a new jolt of support in Iowa – though the people involved aren’t new.

Six Iowans who flew to New Jersey to urge Christie to run in 2012 are set to endorse him Tuesday, according to a Des Moines Register report over the weekend.

Among the reported backers is Bruce Rastetter – an agribusiness executive and Republican donor who hadn’t committed to Christie in the crowded 2016 matchup, despite his prior support for the governor.

POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:51 PM
Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference at the Adventure Aquarium on Camden’s waterfront on Sept. 24, 2015. (DAVID SWANSON/Staff Photographer)

On the GOP presidential debate stage last week, Gov. Christie boasted of his vetoes over a “crazy liberal Democratic legislature.” But there was a different tune Thursday in Camden, where the governor made a brief appearance to promote the announcement of a sweeping waterfront development plan and praise leaders on the other side of the partisan divide.

Change in Camden “would not happen but for the fact that political leaders in this state have decided to drop their Rs and their Ds, and instead, put forward their NJs,” Christie said.

He continued: “I’ve often said to people that twice now, I’ve taken an oath of office, not an oath of party.”

POSTED: Friday, September 18, 2015, 3:06 PM
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie reacts during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sept. 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

If someone stood up at his town-hall meeting and said President Obama was Muslim or not an American, Gov. Christie said Friday he wouldn’t let those falsehoods slide – drawing a contrast with rival Donald Trump.

“I would correct them and say, ‘No, the president is a Christian and he was born in this country,” the Republican governor said on NBC’s The Today Show. “I mean, those two things are self-evident.”

Christie was responding to an exchange at a Trump campaign rally Thursday night in New Hampshire, where the GOP frontrunner took a question from a man who said: “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know, he’s not even an American.”

POSTED: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 10:53 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (REUTERS / Dominick Reuter)

Responding to questions Wednesday about the resignation of United Airlines's CEO amid a federal investigation connected to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Gov. Christie said he was responsible for what happens on his watch – but that he couldn’t be aware of everything those who reported to him did.

“I have 60,000 people who work for me,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor, repeating part of the response he gave to a question earlier in the day on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.

Christie acknowledged, though, that former Port Authority chairman David Samson – an ally whom Christie appointed to the bi-state agency, and whose travel on United Airlines has been a subject of federal investigation – was not just one of thousands.

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