Poll: Obama’s approval rating at 60%

President Barack Obama’s New Jersey job rating stands at 60% approve to 33% disapprove, according to this morning’s Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll. 

Obama’s positive job number is statistically similar to the 58% approve to 35% disapprove rating he received in December, according to Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. However, this marks only the second time Obama reached 60% approval in New Jersey. 

The previous 60% approval rating came in May 2011, shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed, Murray said.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults from February 6 to 10, 2013.  This sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the Asbury Park Press and its sister publications (Courier-Post, Courier News, Daily Journal, Daily Record, and Home News Tribune).

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie