By John Celock
While he is gearing up for the expected formal launch of his presidential campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is dealing with an approval rating that continues to drop at home.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind survey released Tuesday shows that Christie has a 30 percent favorable rating among voters in the Garden State, a six-point drop from a similar poll in April. The poll indicated that Christie, who won reelection in a 2013 landslide, has a 55 percent disapproval rating from New Jersey voters.
A polling history of Christie released by FDU shows that Christie’s approval rating has steadily dropped from its high in the mid 70 percent range in late 2012 following his handling of Hurricane Sandy battering the state. Christie retained a large approval rating for the length of his 2013 campaign, numbers which plummeted in 2014 in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal implicating several of his top aides.
Christie defeated Democrat Barbara Buono, a former state Senate majority leader, by 22 points in 2013.
The polling history showed that Christie maintained a steady approval rating during his first term, with the gap narrowing with his disapproval rating in mid 2011 but steadily gaining again.
The poll showed that 39 percent of those surveyed disliked both Christie as a person and his policies, with only 24 percent saying they liked him as a person and his policies. The poll results show a steady growth in New Jersey voters disliking the governor both personally and from a policy perspective. The poll history showed that in January 2013 48 percent of voters liked both Christie and his policies, while 17 disliked both him and his policies.
The poll also indicated that only 24 percent of those surveyed approved of the work of the Democratic-controlled state Legislature, with 44 percent disapproving of the lawmakers. The poll comes as the New Jersey Legislature is in the final week of budget negotiations and the annual legislative session, which is expected to recess next week for summer vacation and the fall election period. New Jersey lawmakers will reconvene in November for a post election wrap-up session through the end of the current term in January. All 80 seats in the state Assembly are up for grabs this year.