In the wake of super-storm Sandy, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members continue to give Governor Chris Christie high marks. They are far less complimentary when it comes to President Barack Obama according to the N.J. Chamber’s most recent Business Climate Survey.


NJ Governor Chris Christie gets rave reviews from business group. (Getty Images)

When asked to evaluate the way Christie handled Sandy, 82.8 percent say “excellent.”

More than three quarters of respondents say they will either definitely vote for Christie for re-election or are leaning toward voting for him.

More than half the respondents (56.6 percent) claim they would support Christie running for president in 2016, while 21.2 percent say they wouldn’t support Christie in a run for the White House.

Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce says, “This drives home the message that Governor Christie has sent - our leaders in Trenton need to put aside political games and come together to rebuild our state. Business owners have to do the same.”

Half of the respondents say Obama’s reelection in November made them less optimistic about New Jersey’s economy, while 22 percent say his election makes them more optimistic.

The biannual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Business Climate Survey is designed to measure the outlook of the state Chamber members, which range from single entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies in a wide array of fields.

A total of 108 members participated in the survey between Dec. 3 and Dec. 24. Most say they are presidents and CEOs or senior level executives.