Chris Christie, once a darling of the Republican Party, is now a political pariah. A new poll has placed him at the bottom of New Jersey’s totem, boasting the lowest approval rating of any New Jersey governor in the history of the state. Christie’s approval is so dismal that it’s seriously impairing his lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno’s campaign to replace him.
The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University. It places his public approval at a mere 15%, with a whopping 81% actively disapproving of his performance as governor. Not only is that the most dismal score in New Jersey history, it’s the worst approval rating Quinnipiac has ever scored for any governor of any state in over two decades.
Christie had previously tied with former governor Brendan Byrne for record disapproval, at 17% approval. Byrne set the previous record in 1977 when he implemented the first ever income tax in New Jersey.
Christie’s fall from grace is especially spectacular considering the fact that he once held a record high approval rating in his state. After Hurricane Sandy, his approval hovered somewhere in the seventy percentile. After that, his image was punctured by the Bridgegate scandal. Being an absentee governor in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election didn’t do him any favors either.
The plummet to 15% seems to be a consequence of Republicans turning on him. New Jersey Republicans, who were once evenly divided in their opinions of him, now disapprove on a 2-to-1 basis.
Of the people polled, 54% said that Guadagno’s association with Christie reflected on her negatively. This is good news for her Democratic opponent Phil Murphy, who does not carry the same baggage, despite working as an exec at Goldman Sachs. The Quinnipiac poll puts Murphy ahead of Guadagno with a huge lead, 55% to 26%.
Christie is even less popular in New Jersey than the president. Trump got a 28% approval rating and 66% disapproval rating.
US Senator Cory Booker is basking in the limelight at the moment, winning the highest approval rating of any publicly elected official in New Jersey. He boasts a 58% approval rating and 21% disapproval rating.
The poll data was drawn from 1,103 New Jersey residents. The data were collected between June 7 and June 12, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8%.
Governor Christie may be dead in the water. Time will tell if he’ll be able to crawl out from under the weight of his extraordinarily severe burden of public disapproval. Right now, it doesn’t look likely.