Good news keeps pouring in for the Christie Re-Election Campaign: •Christie has 73 percent approval ratings, according to a poll this morning from Quinnipiac University, which ties him with New York's Andrew Cuomo for the most popular governor in all of the states that the university polls in. •Christie is destroying his possible opponents. He is beating State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex), the only Democrat who has declared, 63 to 22 percent. The other possible opponent, State Sen. Richard Codey, would lose 59 to 30 percent (although he has yet to declare). •New Jersey loved the fact that Christie went off on Republican congressional leadership over the delayed Sandy aid vote -- 79 percent said he was right, according to the Quinnipiac poll. And Republicans don't mind, either: They still give him a 93 percent approval rating. •Christie ammased $2.1 million in campaign donations at the very end of last year, mostly from those who wrote the maximum $3,800 checks. He got money from the likes of Cowboys great Roger Staubach (Christie is a Cowboys fan), former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and a who's who of big-name state lobbyists. As for Buono, his lone major Democratic challenger, she took in less than $250,000. •Christie has two endorsements from unions that endorsed the other guy in 2009. •Despite all the big names that have murmured about running against him, no one has stepped forward. No Dick Codey. No Steve Sweeney. No Bill Pascrell. And Cory Booker is already out, getting threatened with a spanking by the guy he wants to replace, Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And yet the Democratic establishment has yet to coalesce around Buono.
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