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A new poll finds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating at 55 percent among state voters.

That’s a healthy standing for the governor, but it’s down from the high 60s and low 70s from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year, according to the poll by Quinnipiac University.

The Republican governor and possible presidential candidate also gets a thumbs up for his leadership skills, following the 'Bridgegate' controversy sparked by reports the governor's top staff retaliated against a Democratic mayor. According to Quinnipiac, only 40 percent of Jersey natives see Christie as a bully, versus 54 percent who see him as a leader.

The poll was conducted Jan. 10-13 of 1,207 registered voters in New Jersey.

--Mark Murray, NBC News