November 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Gov. Chris Christie isn’t exactly going out in a blaze of glory: 41 percent of those surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind Poll ranked him among the state’s worst governors. Only 4 percent counted him as one of the best.

What’s more, there have been double-digit increases across a variety of policy areas in the number of voters who believe conditions in the state have worsened relative to opinions expressed two years ago.

In 2015, a fifth (22 percent) believed the state’s transportation system had worsened in the Christie years. Today, that number has more than doubled to 46 percent. Similarly, in 2015, 39 percent believed the state’s reputation had diminished since Christie took office; 57 percent said the same today. Ethical behavior is now regarded as worse today by a majority of voters (54 percent), whereas 42 percent said the same in 2015. And taxes and spending — long a source of frustration among New Jersey voters  — are regarded as worse today than they were in 2015 (63 percent versus 52 percent).