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Survey: Gov. Christie has high marks in business community, economy worrisome though

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Christie has high marks among business executives in a survey conducted by The Alloy Silverstein Group.
Christie has high marks among business executives in a survey conducted by The Alloy Silverstein Group. - (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Gov. Chris Christie has high marks among business executives, according to the results of The Alloy Silverstein Group's most recent quarterly survey of New Jersey and Philadelphia CEOs and CFOs.

Despite the governor's ongoing scandals and tribulations, 70 percent of the surveyed executives still approve of the job he is doing while 23 percent think less of him than they did before, the survey found. Only 7 percent disapprove, which is on par with past surveys that had average disapproval ratings of 6 percent.

When it comes to the economy of the state, 71 percent are not feeling confident in the recovery. The low confidence scores may be caused by the economy delaying 51 percent of surveyed executives their retirement. Sales and the economy are still the front-runner as big concerns for 2014, coming in at 38 and 29 percent, respectively.

Nearly 60 percent of the organizations represented have absolutely no interest in hiring over the next six months when it comes to employment in the area. Although the percentage is over half, when it comes to today's most important issues, the focus is still on jobs (32 percent).

Of those surveyed, 50 percent agreed with Christie's most recent budget, that includes a plan to require out-of-state Internet retailers to collect sales tax from Jersey residents. A little under half (47 percent) said absolutely not, while 3 percent had no answer.

Alloy Silverstein, of Cherry Hill and Hammonton, is one of the largest accounting and advisory firms in New Jersey. The survey was conducted by sending out 1,200 surveys to CEOs of local businesses and to CFOs headquartered in New Jersey and Philadelphia with more than 1,000 employees. 79 responses were collected. Complete survey results can be found online at www.alloysilverstein.com.

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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