If Gov. Chris Christie does not win a nomination for U.S. president, it looks like he will have a tough time returning to Trenton and claiming a mandate for any proposals he has to secure a legacy. That’s because surveys of New Jersey voters continue to show he’s unpopular. The latest poll from Rutgers-Eagleton shows Christie has a 55 percent “unfavorable” rating, as opposed to 35 percent “favorable,” which is pretty much on track with his local polling this year.
Those between the ages of 18 and 64, as well as nonwhites, have a particular dislike for him. But his ratings are less favorable than unfavorable with virtually every group other than Republicans and conservatives. He’s even lost support in his stronghold — the Jersey shore, which rated him 46 percent unfavorably versus 42 percent favorably.
His positions on taxes, state pension-fund liability, state budget, the economy, and schools were given the lowest ratings in that order. He still gets better marks for the Sandy recovery — 49 percent to 42 percent — than any other category. Indeed, that is the only category in which Christie gets a higher favorable rating than unfavorable.