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May 13, 2016

It may come as a shock to many New Jerseyans, but Gov. Chris Christie is not the most unpopular governor in the country, as rated by constituents. He was ranked the fourth least-popular (or 46th most-popular) governor in the country by Morning Consult, a digital media and polling company. Christie has a 60 percent disapproval rating according to the poll.

How has his endorsement of Donald Trump for president changed the minds of New Jerseyans? It hasn’t moved the needle much, but it certainly hasn’t made him more popular. Christie had been sitting at a 59 percent disapproval rating before the endorsement; afterward it bumped up to 61 percent.

Despite his low rankings, Christie does sit one position higher on the approval list than fellow Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder who experienced the steepest drop due to the Flint water crisis. Democrat Dan Malloy was ranked second most-unpopular and Sam Brownback of Kansas was ranked No. 1.

At the other end of the scale, Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was ranked as the most popular with an approval rating of 72 percent.

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