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Christie approval rating hits new low

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings are the lowest they have ever been

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings are the lowest they have ever been

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s voter approval rating is at a new low.

Only 26 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Christie, a three-point drop since February, said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.

“He’s even slipped among Republicans — now at 56 percent favorable with Republicans — a seven-point decline since February, and 34 percent of Republicans say that they’re unfavorable,” Koning said. “So, actually, Donald Trump has slightly better numbers than Christie with Republicans in the Garden State.”

Voters give Christie low ratings on a variety of important issues facing the state.

“Just 26 percent approve of Gov. Christie’s job on taxes, and 64 percent disapprove,” she said. “Christie also garners especially low ratings on the state pension fund situation at 18 percent approval, the state budget at 26 percent approval, and the economy and jobs at 31 percent approval.”

And voter disenchantment with Christie is not primarily about his support for Donald Trump or his own involvement in the presidential election, Koning said.

“It’s his governing style, his overall job as governor, the way that he’s honest or straightforward, or the lack of honesty, and his character and attitude that really play the biggest role in determining the rating from New Jersey voters,” she said.

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