fdu_public_mind_pollMADISON, NJ - Governor Christie is not the only Jersey guy with political star power. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark has numbers to envy. Even if 33% of Garden State voters haven’t heard of Booker, 47% have a favorable view of him (including 28% “very” favorable”) and just 6% say their view is unfavorable, a stellar 8-to-1 ratio in Booker’s favor.

“For mayor of anywhere, that’s great,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll. “For mayor of a city in New Jersey, that’s fabulous.”

In January, 39% of Garden State voters said they had a favorable view of Newark’s mayor. Since then he rescued an elderly woman from a burning building one evening after work.

“Now we know,” said Woolley. “Running into a burning building to save a lady is worth eight points on your favorable rating in New Jersey. In other states, it’s likely to be worth more. But in Jersey you get eight.”

Fairleigh Dickinson University will award Booker an honorary doctorate degree at its commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 for leadership “by vivid example.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.