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As GOP debate nears, Christie's popularity hits new low in N.J.

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Gov. Chris Christie's popularity continues to decline, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Gov. Chris Christie's popularity continues to decline, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. - ()

Just 30 percent of New Jersey voters view Gov. Chris Christie favorably, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Thursday, marking an all-time personal low for the Republican presidential candidate.

Christie’s favorability rating has fallen by eight percentage points since April and the percentage of voters who hold an unfavorable opinion of Christie, some 59 percent, has risen by 11 percentage points in that same amount of time.

Those who reported viewing Christie as unfavorable cited a number of reasons for their assessments, such as the governor’s character and attitude.

The poll also found that Christie’s job approval rating has fallen by four percentage points in as many months, to 37 percent.

“Gov. Christie has not experienced any kind of 2016 announcement ‘bump’ in ratings from voters back home — in fact, quite the opposite,” poll Assistant Director Ashley Koning said. “While he has yet to challenge the record low job approval of 17 percent logged by Brendan Byrne in April 1977, he is edging toward the lowest ratings recorded for any New Jersey governor over 45 years of Rutgers-Eagleton Polls.”

The poll comes as Christie prepares to participate in Thursday evening’s first Republican presidential primary debate. The forum, which will be held in Cleveland, will be carried live on Fox News beginning at 9 p.m.

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Andrew George

Andrew George


Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com.

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