September 20, 2016 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who view Christie unfavorably

Gov. Chris Christie’s poll numbers have dropped to their lowest ever – and that was before yesterday’s opening statements in the Bridgegate trial. A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll showed Christie with a 67 percent unfavorable rating in the Garden State, while only 23 percent of registered voters said they had a favorable opinion of him. This is an all-time low.

Christie fares even worse when it comes to his job ratings, with 69 percent saying they disapprove of the way he functions as governor.

When it comes to individual issues, he also does poorly. Only 15 percent approve of the way he’s handled the pension funding deadlock, 22 percent approve of the way he handles taxes, 25 percent on transportation and infrastructure and 27 percent on jobs and the economy. He also does poorly on schools and education (31 percent approval).

This negativity extends to feelings about the state as a whole, with just 25 percent of voters believing the state is heading in the right direction. The poll also asked voters to judge New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Robert Menendez. Booker gets high ratings: 55 percent approval. Menendez, who is under federal indictment, does much poorer – 28 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable. But even those ratings are higher than Christie’s.