On a day when a story appeared in papers throughout the country showing Gov. Christie bullying some guy who heckled him at a baseball game, it was sweet to read that a new poll by Marist shows his approval rating at a pathetic 16% among New Jersey residents. Almost three in four adults in the state, 73 percent, have an an unfavorable opinion of the him with only 20% indicating a favorable impression.
“Following Bridgegate, a failed presidential bid, and the fallout from his holiday beach visit, New Jersey residents have had it with Governor Christie,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “It is unlikely that a sense of nostalgia will kick in during his final months as governor. The overwhelming proportion of Garden Staters think New Jersey is headed in the wrong direction and think Christie will be remembered as either a below average governor or one of the worst. ”
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno has the Republican nomination in the governor’s race later in the year and, not surprisingly, she is being dragged down by Christie’s terrible numbers. A recent poll shows Democrat Phil Murphy at 54%, leading Guadagno who is at 33% among New Jersey registered voters.
I hope she’s grateful for the “help,” and I hope he goes away and soon.