What happens when you stand on principle

This is what happens when you stand on?principle?and refuse to budge when confronted with rowdy special interest groups:

Seven-in-ten voters approve of the job New Jersey Gov.?Chris Christie?is doing in a new poll released on Tuesday, and the Republican incumbent continues to lead Democratic state Sen.?Barbara Buono?by 35 points in his November reelection bid — leading the director of the Quinnipiac poll to say Christie’s poll numbers have settled at a “now-routine astronomical level” following his performance during Hurricane Sandy last year.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, conducted March 19-24, 70 percent of voters approve of the way Christie is handling his job as governor, down a tick from the 74-percent rating he earned in two polls earlier this year. Just 23 percent disapprove of Christie, roughly equivalent to his performance in the three other polls since Sandy.?

Christie leads the little-known Buono, 60 percent to 25 percent, the poll shows. Fifteen percent support another candidate, say they won’t vote or are undecided. Christie leads Buono among independent voters, 69 percent to 15 percent.

With just over seven months until Election Day, Buono continues to face a significant obstacle in her lack of name recognition. Asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Buono, just one-in-ten voters view her favorably, and the same percentage have an unfavorable opinion of her. A staggering 79 percent of voters say they haven’t heard enough about Buono to have an opinion. That is slightly fewer than the 83 percent who hadn’t heard enough about her last month, but it shows her campaign has yet to engage the Garden State’s electorate.

“Who is that woman?” asked pollster?Mickey Carroll. “Everybody knows Christie and hardly anyone knows … Buono, even though she’s running an energetic, endorsement-rich campaign.”