80% of New Jersey Residents Disapprove of Christie’s Performance, Poll Finds – New York Times
Gov. Chris Christie remained the most unpopular governor in New Jersey’s history, with more than 80 percent of residents saying they disapproved of his job performance, according to a Monmouth University poll released on Monday.
Now, for the first time, a majority of Mr. Christie’s constituents say New Jersey is worse off as a result of his tumultuous tenure.
It was the first statewide poll conducted since he was photographed sitting under the summer sun over the Fourth of July weekend at Island Beach State Park, an area of the Jersey Shore that he ordered closed during a three-day government shutdown.
Mr. Christie received a 15 percent approval rating, according to the Monmouth poll, which is among the lowest rating of any governor in the country. Still, he has avoided dropping into the single digits, remaining at least more popular than Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, who left office on his way to federal prison with 8 percent of voters in his state still supporting him.
Mr. Christie also saw his support among fellow Republicans plummet, with just 30 percent offering their approval.
The Monmouth University poll, which was conducted from July 6 to 9, was based on a telephone survey of 800 New Jersey residents. It has a margin of sampling error of three and a half percentage points.
The governor has already achieved a milestone in the state — a poll from Quinnipiac University last month recorded him as officially the most unpopular New Jersey governor since polling began, with 81 percent of the state expressing disapproval of his work.
“In reality, Christie may have found the floor for his ratings, but it’s a level where most of his constituents now feel his time” in office has hurt the state, Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
Amid such intense unhappiness with the governor, Mr. Christie has opted to audition for a job in which disagreement and argument can lead to success: drive-time sports talk radio.
Rather than seek to rehabilitate his approval ratings, Mr. Christie was trying out on Monday for his possible next role by filling in for Mike Francesa, the popular sports radio host on WFAN, who is on vacation. Mr. Francesa announced that he would be leaving the station at the end of the year, and a spokeswoman for the station confirmed to The Bergen Record that Mr. Christie’s appearance would be an audition.
Mr. Christie will host alongside Evan Roberts on Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
The governor is a frequent guest on another morning sports radio show, “Boomer and Carton,” and he has been a more frequent presence recently, perhaps to hone his bantering chops for this week’s audition.
His spokesman, Brian Murray, said the governor would be juggling both jobs on Monday.
“The governor enjoys the opportunity to talk about sports on WFAN and is happy to have the chance to do that with Evan Roberts for eight hours next week over two shows,” Mr. Murray said in a statement. “Despite those eight hours, as always, he will be on the job as governor. As for the governor’s future, he appreciates the interest and concern about his next employment from his friends in the media, but he is not concerned at all about it.”
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