Christie Least Popular New Jersey Governor in 20 Years, Poll Shows

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has the lowest approval ratings of any governor in recorded history, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University survey shows that 15 percent of voters approve of the Republican’s job performance, whereas 81 percent disapprove.

According to the university, this is the worst gubernatorial approval rating surveyed by the poll in more than two decades. Christie’s approval fell three points from 18 percent in the May survey, Newsmax writes.

The New Jersey Governor was once an early favorite for the 2016 Republican nomination but ended up ultimately supporting Donald Trump after he dropped out in February of last year.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno trails her Democratic opponent Phil Murphy in the same poll, while support for a Republican-controlled State Legislature has fallen.

Moreover, the research shows that 26 percent of respondents support Guadagno,while 55 percent support Murphy. About 29 percent want a Republican majority, while 57 percent want a Democratic majority, the poll shows.

“Once upon a time, New Jersey elections were peppy — looked on as a sign of where the nation was heading politically. This was a far from peppy primary and the first general election matchup between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno doesn’t look like this race will go down to the wire,” Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in the press release.

“But if New Jersey is a weather vane, the wind is blowing in the Democrats’ direction. Hobbled by eight years in a little noticed job and her ties to a remarkably unpopular governor, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno is little-known and little-liked. Half the state doesn’t know enough about her to judge her as a candidate”, Carroll added.

“The last New Jersey governor from Goldman Sachs, Jon Corzine, failed to win a second term, but only one-third of voters hold Murphy’s Wall Street career against him. Guadagno’s experience as Lieutenant Governor seems to be hurting her more”, Carroll stated.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,103 New Jersey voters from June 7-12 by phone, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.

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