Mr. Popularity?

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President Barack Obama walks on the tarmac with Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival on Air Force One at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Obama traveled to New Jersey joining Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Believe it or not, there are six governors facing re-election more popular than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

According to data compiled by The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight polling blog, the governors of Wyoming, Utah, Arkansa,  North Dakota and Oklahoma are all drawing higher net approval ratings than Christie. These are all deeply red states with Republican governors.

"But a Republican governor's stellar approval ratings in a solidly Republican state," writes the blog's Micah Cohen, "tells us less about that governor's political talent than the approval ratings of a governor who represents a competitive state, or a state that typically votes for the opposing political party."

Which brings us to Chris Christie.

Vermont's Peter Shumlin, a Democrat in a fiercely liberal and independent state, has virtually the same net job approval rating -- 43 percent -- as Christie, and that's based on one poll, while Christie's rating is based on four. Plus Shumlin isn't besties with Obama, Bruce, Jon or a staple on the talk-show circuit.

So, in the scheme of things, sixith isn't so bad.

In an earlier survey, Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett was found to be the fifth least popular among governors facing reelection, after the chief executives of Rhode Island, Illinois, Florida and Kansas.

--Karen Heller