By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
Another day, another poll demonstrating the extent to which Chris Christie‘s New Jersey political strategy has engendered a collapse in his popularity in the Garden State, Save Jersey.
In a new poll released Wednesday, Quinnipiac University reports New Jerseyans disapproving of the Governor’s performance by a wide margin. Only 29% approve. His next-worst rating was 38% approval back on April 20, 2015.
It’s a bipartisan hate fest. Only 59% of Republicans approve. A dismissal 9% of Democrats and 26% of independent voters approve.
What’s more, notwithstanding his early central role in the Trump campaign, only 18% of New Jersey voters think the Donald should bring Christie on as his vice presidential running mate. Even 64% of New Jersey Republicans concur that Christie shouldn’t get the Veep slot.
“Gov. Christopher Christie is in Trenton until the end of 2017, if he wants to be, holding what is constitutionally one of the strongest governor’s seats in the nation. But New Jersey voters give Christie abysmal job-approval numbers. Even a third of his fellow Republicans disapprove,” opined Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.
“Christie-for-President was a flop and, as far as the local folks are concerned, so is Christie-for-Vice President. Forget local pride, New Jersey voters say overwhelmingly; they don’t want their Gov on a Trump ticket.”
Click here to read the full polling report.
Christie’s persistently abysmal ratings may have consequences beyond this November. As the 2017 gubernatorial and legislative race picture begins to form, and the front runner for the nomination appears to be Christie’s own lieutenant governor, GOP leaders in all 21 counties will need to start reconsidering their local strategies in an effort to avoid a potential down-ballot backlash against the lame duck incumbent.