- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Christie Christie’s approval rating has dropped to 30 percent in the Garden State, with 55 percent disapproving, said a poll released Tuesday.

About four in 10 say their opinion of the governor has changed for the worse since he took office, with 13 percent saying they’ve grown to like him and 41 percent saying their opinion has remained unchanged, said the survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

The numbers for Mr. Christie, who is expected to announce a decision on a 2016 White House run in the coming weeks, are down from a 36 percent/50 percent approve/disapprove split in April.

“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.

Mr. Christie was in a tie for eighth at 4 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on the 2016 GOP field released this week.

Thirty-nine percent in the PublicMind survey said they dislike both the governor and his policies, compared to 24 percent who said they like everything, 23 percent who like him but dislike his policies, and 7 percent who dislike him but like his policies.

“As difficult as these numbers may seem, they need to be understood within the context of the problems the state continues to deal with — many of which he inherited — and his place as a second term governor fighting against the usual problem of incumbent fatigue among the electorate,” Ms. Jenkins said.

The survey of 792 registered voters was taken from June 15-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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