December 18, 2014 | Number of The Day
NJ registered voters who approve of the job Christie is doing

New Jerseyans are certainly divided when it comes to their governor. A new Rutgers Eagleton poll shows Christie with a 48 percent – 47 percent overall job approval.

When asked if they feel favorable regarding Christie, the numbers basically flip: 46 percent feel unfavorable with 44 percent feeling favorable.

The lack of favorability rating is a continuation of a downward trend that began sometime during the summer of 2013 — even before the Bridgegate scandal broke.

When voters are asked to get down to specifics regarding Christie’s performance on issues they say are most important, the governor gets poor marks. Indeed, he gets poor grades when it comes to any of the major fiscal issues facing the state.

Voters disapprove of his handling of the economy and jobs (54 percent vs. 35 percent); taxes (60 percent vs. 31 percent); and the state budget (53 percent vs. 32 percent.) When it comes to education and schools, Christie gets a disapproval rating of 49 percent to 42 percent. Nevertheless, he still gets positive ratings on the Sandy recovery (53 percent vs. 39 percent), as well as crime and drugs (46 percent to 34 percent).