Poll: New Jersey Gov. more popular than Obama in home state

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is more popular in the heavily Democratic Garden State than is President Obama, but New Jersey voters still don't think he should make a run for president in 2012.

New numbers out Tuesday from Quinnipiac University show a full 51 percent of voters approve of the job Christie is doing, compared to just 38 percent who disapprove. 

Given Christie's newfound national profile and the political battles he has taken on with organized labor interests in the blue state, Christie's high approval numbers are striking. 

The governor's favorables top President Obama's numbers in a state the president won by double digits in 2008. The president wins approval from just 46 percent of voters, while a full 50 percent disapprove of Obama's performance.

Still, a sizable majority of New Jersey voters do not think the governor would make a good president. Sixty-one percent said he would not be a good president, compared to 24 percent who said he would. Even many Republicans in the state say they don't think Christie is ready to serve just yet. Only 45 percent of Republicans said he was ready to occupy the Oval Office, while 36 percent said he was not.

Christie has repeatedly said he has no interest in running for president in 2012, but that hasn't stopped the buzz about the budget-slashing governor in conservative circles. Ahead of November's midterm elections, Christie also embarked on a campaign swing, mostly for Republican gubernatorial candidates, that brought him to a handful of critical presidential primary states.  

Republicans are already talking about Christie as a potential vice presidential candidate in two years, and the governor has left the door open to a potential run in 2016. 

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