Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval rating is at its lowest point in nearly four years among New Jersey voters, according to a poll released this morning.
The Quinnipiac University poll found 46 percent of voters approve of the job Christie’s doing as governor. And while the approval rating is the same as a similar poll released in October, the number of voters who disapprove of Christie’s job performance increased to 48 percent from 45 percent, according to the new poll.
Christie’s approval among Garden State voters has yet to peak above 50 percent since the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy broke national headlines in January 2014.
“It’s the traffic nightmare that never ends for New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
A majority of voters — 65 percent — said Christie has strong leadership qualities. However, half of voters said Christie is not honest and trustworthy, while only 46 percent said he is both honest and trustworthy. Similarly, 51 percent said he does not care about their needs, while only 45 percent responded that he does care.
The governor also received negative grades for the economy and jobs, the state budget and education.
The split among voters is the Democratic-leaning New Jersey is across party lines with Republicans approving of the GOP governor’s job 74 percent to 21 percent and only 26 percent of Democrats approving of Christie’s job and 69 percent saying they disapprove. Only 43 percent of independents approve of the governor’s job and 50 percent disapprove.
The poll was conducted between Jan. 15 and 19. It surveyed 1,211 New Jersey voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
(Source: NJ Star Ledger)