February 5, 2015 | Number of The Day
Percent of NJ GOP that prefers Jeb Bush as their national standard-bearer for president

Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t had a good month — just look at the latest Monmouth University poll.

Not only have Christie’s approval ratings dropped again — among registered voters, 51 percent said they did not approve of the job he’s doing while 47 percent said they did. But the biggest blow might be the fact that while 46 percent of Republicans said they thought Christie would make a better president, 37 percent chose Jeb Bush. (Democrats and Independents were evenly split.)

That won’t matter in a general election, since Hillary Clinton is favored over Christie by a mile (57 vs. 32 percent of registered voters). But New Jersey is generally considered a blue state in federal elections, so as Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute noted, that’s not a big surprise.

But Christie’s favorability ratings are dropping (42 percent unfavorable vs. 39 percent favorable among registered voters). And voters now believe he is more concerned with his own political future than he is with New Jersey (67 percent vs. 27 percent).