Some — or many — New Jersey legislators might have enjoyed the widespread excoriation of Gov. Chris Christie for parking himself on a beach that was closed to the public during the recent government shutdown. The same lawmakers might be disconcerted to learn that 54 percent of New Jerseyans think the Legislature and Christie are equally to blame for the shutdown. A poll by the Monmouth University Polling Institute also found that 28 percent put the blame solely on Christie, while 14 percent blame the Legislature alone.
Only 15 percent of New Jersey adults approve of the job Christie is doing as governor, according to the poll. On the one hand, the outgoing governor might take some solace from that number. After all, “Beachgate” did not worsen it. “It really is difficult to drive approval ratings into the single digits barring something like a criminal conviction,” said Patrick Murray, director of the polling institute.
On the other hand, a majority of Garden State residents (55 percent) feel the state is worse off because of Christie’s time as governor. The equivalent number a year ago was 41 percent.