Christie’s Approval Ratings Spell Bad News For His Final Year

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New Jersey residents, feeling little sympathy in the wake of Bridgegate, skewered Governor Chris Christie with historically low job approval ratings in two new polls, showing a lack of trust in the controversial Donald Trump surrogate.

Christie’s job approval hit an all-time low in a new Quinnipiac poll, with 77 percent disapproving of the governor’s job and just 19 percent approving.

The disgraced governor managed to perform worse in this latest poll than Quinnipiac’s last poll in May, where the pollster noted Christie’s “lowest ever” approval ratings, 29 percent approval to 64 percent disapproval.

Another poll released today by Fairleigh Dickinson University showed similarly poor approval ratings, with 73 percent disapproving of the governor’s job in contrast to just 18 percent approving.

Nearly three-quarters, or 71 percent, of New Jersey residents surveyed also said they don’t consider Christie to be honest or trustworthy.

Another 56 percent think Christie’s connection to Bridgegate should be investigated further, according to the Quinnipiac poll, while 71 percent surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson think he should have been the defendant in the Bridgegate trials.

Christie still has one year left as New Jersey’s governor, but he is term-limited and cannot seek reelection. The outspoken governor was a major Trump surrogate during the campaign, but Bridgegate connections were enough to get him kicked out of leading the president-elect’s transition team.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,318 New Jersey voters via telephone on Nov. 28–Dec. 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted Nov. 30–Dec. 4 via live phone interview among 836 registered New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Keeton-Olsen is a polling intern based in New York City. A Chicago native, she recently graduated from Ohio University, where she honed her skills in data journalism, politics and small-town journalism.
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