New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not very popular among voters in his home state. During his last year in office, his approval rating hit a level that not even George W. Bush was able to score: 15%. In fact, the Quinnipiac University which conducted the survey said they haven’t seen a governor so unpopular in more than two decades.
Christie is the Most Unpopular Governor in Decades
Pollsters noted that the former GOP presidential candidate made history again with 81% of voters disapproving of him and his job.
[It is] the worst approval rating for any governor in any state surveyed by Quinnipiac University in more than 20 years,
The report reads.
Even respondents who identify themselves as Republicans disapprove of him on a 58% to 31% basis. Christie’s approval ratings may have an impact on the gubernatorial race, with Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno now trailing behind Democrat Phil Murphy by 30% in polls.
Murphy leads Guadagno in the recently released poll and has gained 5% since May.
Christie’s Allegiance to Trump
Christie’s unpopularity may have something to do with his close ties to President Donald Trump, who isn’t faring any better in the national polls. Trump rewarded Christie for his loyalty with a position to oversee a panel that should tackle the opioid epidemic and drug addiction.
According to a Gallup poll, Trump’s disapproval rating currently sits at 60%, which is the highest percentage during his presidency so far. His approval rating is also the lowest since he was sworn in: 36%.
By comparison, another Republican president, George W. Bush, scored a 60% disapproval rating, but he needed 1,290 days in office to achieve that. Time noted that Trump is the first U.S. leader to hit such a low approval rating within his first five months in office.
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