New Jersey Voters Unhappy With Christie And State

The voting public in New Jersey are decidedly unhappy with Gov. Chris Christie, as well as the general direction their state is headed. According to a report released yesterday by the Rutgers Center for Public Interest Polling, public dissent against Christie is at an all-time high.

A lot has changed in the minds of New Jersey voters since 2013, when nearly 70 percent felt favorably about their governor. Fast-forward to September 2016 and the percentages have literally flipped, with just 23 percent of registered voters in the state willing to stand behind Christie and 67 percent viewing him unfavorably.

The poll reports a drop in the approval rating for all the biggest issues Christie is currently facing, such as the economy and jobs, state pension fund, transportation and infrastructure, and taxes. And the people are not any happier with the state, either.

The opinion that the state is specifically going in the wrong direction is now held by 68 percent of voters, up eight points, while just 25 percent think the state is going the right way. In the report Ashley Koning, interim director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers, points to several reasons for the dissent, such as “Bridgegate,” the state's infrastructure debacle, unresolved Transportation Trust Fund and gas tax, and the state's struggling economy.

“It's no wonder that views on Gov. Christie and the state as a whole have slipped to new lows,” said Koning. The statewide poll included 802 adults who were questioned by live calls between September 6 and 10, 2016.

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