According to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released Tuesday morning, the majority of New Jersey residents want Gov. Chris Christie to focus on job creation above all else in his upcoming second term.
The poll found that 35 percent of residents want Christie to zero in on creating jobs in his next few years. Cutting property taxes and improving schools followed at 26 percent and 21 percent respectively.
But while voters laid out their goals for Christie, the poll reported that just 27 percent believe he will make a good deal of progress on their top issues and 48 percent expect to see just little progress. Another 22 percent said they think he will make no progress at all.
"Gov. Christie's reelection campaign was centered on past accomplishments, particularly around his handling of Superstorm Sandy," polling director Patrick Murray said in the report. "He was never really pushed, by voters or by his Democratic opponent, to address future plans on these major issues. It shouldn't be too surprising then, that residents expect little more than incremental change in these areas."
And while 23 percent of residents said they have a good idea of the specific policies Christie will look to go after in his second term, 31 percent reported not having a clear sense of what he'll do. An additional nine percent said they have "no idea at all" what Christie will pursue.
Still despite this uncertainty, Christie's approval ratings are high and "consistent with other polls taken after Superstorm Sandy."
"Gov. Christie's ratings are holding strong fresh off this resounding reelection victory," Murray said. "However, few New Jerseyans have a clear idea about what a second term holds in store."
Murray added that Christie's high numbers coupled with the lack of clear and specific expectations for his second term may give him "a lot of leeway in carving out his political future."
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