New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval rating has dropped to a remarkably low level — and could still fall further, pollsters said Wednesday.
Only 21 percent of registered voters said Christie is doing a good job in Trenton, while a whopping 72 percent said they disapprove of his performance, according to the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.
Even a majority of Republicans, 52 percent, said the governor is performing poorly.
It’s the lowest approval rating and highest disapproval mark Christie has ever scored in this poll.
Poll results were released just days after Christie signed into law a 23-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax and as the Bridgegate trial has dominated the news.
Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind, said Christie’s popularity could still fall even further.
“Apparently we’ve not yet found the floor for the governor’s approval among voter in the state,” Jenkins said.
“The recent gas tax increase that the governor supported no doubt caused some in his part to turn against him, even though he sought to reduce taxes in other areas in order to offset the increase at the pump.”
The lowest approval rating for a Jersey governor was in 1977 when Brendan Byrne signed a law creating the state income tax. That’s when he hit a 17-percent job approval rating in a Rutgers-Eagleton poll.