A majority of New Jersey voters are unfamiliar with gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono, while her opponent and incumbent Gov. Chris Christie has support from a majority, according to a Richard Stockton College of New Jersey poll.

A poll conducted from Sept. 15-21 showed 58 percent of voters support Christie, while 30 percent support Buono. Nine percent are undecided or refused to name a preference.

A majority of voters polled, 60 percent, said they believe Christie is doing a good or excellent job.

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The Stockton Polling Institute, a part of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, called 812 likely voters about the gubernatorial race, raising the minimum wage and the effectiveness of the federal government.

A majority of the likely voters, 56 percent, rated President Barack Obama's performance as fair or poor.

About 75 percent want to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey by $1, to $8.25 per hour, and providing annual cost-of-living increases.

The survey also showed that 66 percent of those polled say money raised from raffles and games of chance should be allowed to be used by veterans groups to fund their operating expenses.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Anjalee Khemlani

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