Christie draws majority support on Sandy recovery

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Just more than half of New Jersey voters approve of the way Gov. Chris Christie (R) has handled the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, a new poll found.

A survey released Monday by Quinnipiac University found 52 percent of voters approve of Christie’s handling of the rebuilding efforts, while 42 percent disapprove. 

The poll also found that 52 percent say the federal government’s aid efforts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are not so good or are poor. Nearly 40 percent, by contrast, say FEMA is doing an excellent or good job. 

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New Jersey voters remain split over whether the state government has helped them recover from Sandy, which struck the East Coast in late October 2012.

Insurance companies received the worst grades for their work on Sandy — 63 percent of voters say they’ve done a not so good or poor job.

The poll comes just a few weeks after an internal report commissioned by Christie exonerated him from the bridge scandal and allegations of wrongdoing in the distribution of Sandy aid. 

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleged that the Christie administration threatened to withhold Sandy assistance until she signed off on a development project in her town. 

The survey polled 1,356 New Jersey voters from April 2 to 7 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.