New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be prepping for a national presidential run, but back in his home state, things do not look good.
According to a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, just 30% of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie’s doing , with the majority -- 55% -- disapproving.
The Republican’s approval rating dropped six points from April, when a similar FDU PublicMindPoll showed Christie with a 36% approval rating with 50% disapproving.
The lackluster numbers come as Christie has been traveling throughout the country to early voting states like New Hampshire and Iowa as he considers running for the GOP presidential nomination. He is expected to make his official intentions known within the next few weeks.
“The good news is that none of his potential presidential opponents have emerged with a decisive lead yet. The bad news is that he is the governor in a state where a sizable majority give a thumbs down to his leadership.”'
“The good news is that none of his potential presidential opponents have emerged with a decisive lead yet. The bad news is that he is the governor in a state where a sizable majority give a thumbs down to his leadership,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind.
While testing the presidential waters out of state, Christie frequently points to his gubernatorial wins, touting his ability to win over Republicans and Democrats alike. But, according to the survey, 42% said their opinion of the governor has changed for the worse since taking office, with just 13% saying they’ve grown to like him more over the years. Meanwhile, 41% said their opinion of him has not changed.
When it comes the emerging GOP presidential field, Christie is in a tie for eighth place with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 4% support each, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this week.
The survey was conducted among 792 self-identified registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 points.