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POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:57 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Just under half of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Christie’s job performance, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll – the latest to find that the governor’s ratings haven’t rebounded since Bridgegate.

The poll, released today, found that 49 percent of voters approved of Christie’s performance, while 47 percent disapproved. The split represents the Republican governor’s lowest net job approval rating in the poll since 2011. In July 2013, 68 percent of voters approved of him, and 26 percent disapproved.

Voters who approved of Christie divided along party lines: 86 percent of Republicans approved, while 71 percent of Democrats disapproved. Half of independents disapproved of Christie, compared to 47 percent who approved.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 4:16 PM

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is slated to join Gov. Christie at a fundraiser for the New Jersey Republican Party in East Brunswick next month.

The Sept. 10 fundraiser at the Hilton East Brunswick is billed as “Chris Christie’s Birthday Celebration" on an invite from the state party. Tickets run from $150 for general reception to $5,000 for a private reception and $25,000 to sit at a roundtable.

The former Massachusetts governor’s attendance came about because “the governor and Mitt Romney are close friends, have been together on the trail a lot,” said Bill Palatucci, an adviser to Christie and a Republican National Committeeman.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:07 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with Kiki Fornito, during a visit by Christie to Sam's No. 3, a diner in Denver, as Christopher Mouflard, center, joins Fornito for lunch, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Christie, who made to stop to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez, praised Beauprez and said the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie chairs, will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the November election. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gov. Christie presented himself as both “pro-life” and a tolerant listener during a panel discussion with other Republican governors Thursday night, arguing that Republicans don’t need to avoid social issues to appeal to a broader range of voters.

The party hasn’t lost elections because of a focus on social issues, but because of its “tone and tenor,” Christie said at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. “I think we’re getting pounded because of the way we present ourselves.”

Voters want people “who are authentic and believe what they say is true, but also are willing to be tolerant and listen to others’ points of view,” Christie said.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:05 PM

Gov. Christie’s statement this week dismissing a New York Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign as a “lost cause” prompted the candidate, Rob Astorino, to suggest that Christie step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Now the controversy has apparently drawn in several Republican governors – and potential Christie rivals in a 2016 presidential race – who have thrown support to Astorino, the candidate said Thursday. The announcement comes after Christie indicated the RGA would not devote resources to Astorino's campaign against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo has been leading Astorino, the Westchester County executive, in polls by a margin as large as 37 points.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 2:02 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, and Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley leave a diner in Monday, July 21, 2014, in Greenwich, Conn. (AP)

Gov. Christie’s approval rating remains stable at 44 percent six months after its post-Bridgegate decline, though more New Jersey voters than not say the state is headed in the wrong direction, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today.

Forty-one percent of voters disapprove of Christie’s job performance, compared to 44 percent in June, the poll found. The difference is within the poll’s margin of error of 3.6 percentage points..

Christie’s approval rating in the Fairleigh Dickinson poll fell from 61 percent in November – the month of his landslide reelection win – to 48 percent in January, following revelations that a top Christie aide apparently was involved in a plot to snarl traffic at the George Washington Bridge in September.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:23 PM
FILE - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing, File)

Gov. Christie is spending the day in Iowa, where his presence in the state - home to the first presidential caucus - is stirring speculation about a bid for the White House in 2016.

Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to stump for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at a restaurant outside Cedar Rapids this afternoon. Tonight, he headlines a fundraiser for Branstad in Davenport. The event, which will feature a speech from Christie, will be open to the press.

Christie was slated to spend the first half of the day at private fundraisers for the RGA and for House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:43 PM
(Video still from YouTube)

Ominous voiceovers, speeding cars and circling helicopters, and wrestler-turned-actor The Rock walking away from a fiery explosion: All were featured in a video Gov. Christie released Tuesday promoting pension reform -- then pulled from the Internet without explanation that night.

Spokesmen for Christie did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night on why the video, originally posted on the Republican governor's YouTube channel and publicized in a press release to reporters, was taken down.

The video's yanking, however, didn't prevent another YouTube user from first posting it here. In the video, clips of the governor calling for further changes to the state pension system – the specifics still unannounced – are spliced together with action-movie theatrics and a deep-voiced narrator warning, “Hang on to your seats.”

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:03 PM

Gov. Christie is polling on par with other Republicans considered to be possible presidential candidates in 2016, though Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would top each of them in a hypothetical matchup, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today.

Among Republican or Republican-leaning voters surveyed in the poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned 11 percent of the vote, followed by Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at 10 percent each. Taking 8 percent of the vote each were Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

When compared to Clinton, the leading Republicans in the crowded field trail by 7 to 9 point margins, the poll found. Clinton's margin over Christie among all voters polled was 47 to 38 percent, though among independent voters, Christie topped Clinton, 42 to 40 percent.

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