February 19, 2016 | Number of The Day
Registered voters who believe ‘strong leader’ describes Christie ‘very well,’ according to new poll

It’s not clear what Gov. Chris Christie learned on the campaign trail, but a number of New Jersey voters seem to have used the time to reassess the former presidential hopeful — much to his detriment. According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, fewer registered voters than ever are likely to describe the governor positively. Some 30 percent said that “strong leader” describes Christie “very well” — an all-time low. The rating is down 36 points since his 2013 reelection; 26 points since Bridgegate in January 2014; and 10 points since August 2015. That makes it the single largest decline over time of any of his traits.

Christie continues to score his lowest numbers when it comes to honesty and sincerity. Just 15 percent said “trustworthy” describes him “very well” (33 percent said “somewhat well,” 49 percent, “not at all”), another new low. It’s the same thing when it comes to sincerity: 22 percent said “sincere” fits him “very well,” 29 percent, “somewhat well,” and 44 percent, “not at all.”

The poll was taken before the governor’s budget address, so it’s not known how his spending plan will affect his ratings.