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Garden State split on Christie's performance

GLENN TOWNES Special to the AmNews | 5/27/2011, 11:44 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie is doing a so-so job running the Garden State, according to a poll that was released last week from Monmouth University. The poll indicates that the state is divided on the job the Republican governor is doing.

The poll revealed that nearly half of New Jerseyans are dissatisfied with how Christie is running the day-to-day operations of the state. However, about 47 percent approve of the job he is doing.

The biggest bone of contention among state residents is the massive spending and budget cuts Christie has implemented since taking over as governor nearly two years ago. Additionally, slashes to the state's education system has put him at odds with the New Jersey Education Association, educators and various unions.

The findings contrast with recent similar polls that put Christie's popularity at more than 50 percent, which fueled speculation by many that he would run for president in 2012-an assumption that he has steadfastly rejected. "I can't say this any other way: I am not a candidate for president," Christie said back in October.

To view the complete poll results, visit www.mon- mouth.edu.