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February 1, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie’s standing among Garden State voters continues to show no sign of bottoming out; a dismal 17 percent approve of the job he’s doing, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. That’s the lowest ranking of any New Jersey governor for the past 20 years of Quinnipiac polls.

“It’s interesting, in an unfriendly way, to wonder how low Christie’s job-approval numbers might drop,” said Mickey Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. 

It’s virtually the same story at Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind: The governor garnered an 18 percent approval rating. He even polled poorly among Republicans: less than half (37 percent) say they approve of his leadership.

And the governor’s recent State of the State, in which he sketched out his vision for fighting New Jersey's opioid epidemic, didn’t do anything to bolster his popularity.

Unfortunately, New Jersey voters still think he’s doing a lousy job,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science.

Christie isn’t the only Republican to take a beating. The Quinnipiac Poll reveals “yawning gender and racial gaps,” with New Jersey voters disapproving 55 percent – 36 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing. Among men, 44 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove. Women disapprove 63 percent – 29 percent. White voters disapprove 49 percent – 43 percent, while nonwhite voters disapprove 70 percent – 20 percent.

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