TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Chris Christie surged to a record-high favorability rating following his response to Hurricane Sandy, according to a new poll.
The first-term governor was rated favorably by 67 percent of registered voters, up from 48 percent barely a month earlier, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday. More than nine in 10 respondents said he handled Hurricane Sandy ‘‘very well’’ or ‘‘somewhat well.’’
Christie’s embrace of President Obama, who sought reelection with less than a week before the Nov. 6 voting, showed ‘‘needed cooperation and bipartisanship,’’ according to 81 percent of those surveyed. The two leaders toured damaged areas together and talked by phone daily .
‘‘Governor Christie has emerged as a clear leader in this crisis, with New Jerseyans applauding his efforts,’’ David Redlawsk, the poll director who teaches politics at Rutgers, said in a statement.