December 13, 2015
With his presidential campaign numbers seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval at home has hit a new low.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Friday shows 63 percent disapprove of his job performance and only 33 percent approve.
Those numbers represent a six-point drop in approval and a six-point increase in disapproval from an October poll conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics. They're his lowest marks since he took office.
“Ever since Christie announced his official 2016 run, he has received his lowest ratings as governor – even lower than in the year post-Bridgegate,” said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the polling center, in a news release.
Despite not being liked in Jersey, Christie's popularity is gaining in New Hampshire - a key early primary state.
The most recent poll aggregation numbers from RealClearPolitics shows him gaining on his GOP rivals with 10 percent, behind clear frontrunner Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Part of his success may be attributed to an endorsement from a conservative New Hampshire newspaper, which picked him over a crowded Republican field.
Yet even that editorial was skewered in his home state. The Star-Ledger's Tom Moran said in a responding piece the newspaper failed to mention Christie's track record in the state he governs, which he says is abysmal.
The Rutgers-Eagleton poll surveyed 843 adults, 700 of whom were registered voters, from of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. It had a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.