Gov. Chris Christie fell to the lowest approval ratings of any New Jersey governor that's been recorded, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
According to the survey:
- 15 percent approve of the job Christie is doing.
- 81 percent disapprove.
Quinnipiac adds that this is the lowest approval rating of any governor in any state it has surveyed in the last 20 years.
Christie's low numbers may be hurting New Jersey Republicans.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno trails her Democratic opponent Phil Murphy in the same poll, while support for a GOP-controlled State Legislature has fallen.
- 26 percent support Guadagno.
- 55 percent support Murphy.
- 29 percent want a Republican majority.
- 57 percent want a Democratic majority.
"Once upon a time, New Jersey elections were peppy — looked on as a sign of where the nation was heading politically. This was a far from peppy primary and the first general election matchup between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno doesn't look like this race will go down to the wire," Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in the press release.
"But if New Jersey is a weather vane, the wind is blowing in the Democrats' direction.
"Hobbled by eight years in a little noticed job and her ties to a remarkably unpopular governor, Lt. Gov. Guadagno is little-known and little-liked," Carroll continued. "Half the state doesn't know enough about her to judge her as a candidate.
"The last New Jersey governor from Goldman Sachs, Jon Corzine, failed to win a second term, but only one-third of voters hold Murphy's Wall Street career against him. Guadagno's experience as lieutenant governor seems to be hurting her more."
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,103 New Jersey voters from June 7-12 by phone, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.
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