- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval is tied with former Democratic Gov. Jim Florio for the second-worst in recent history.

Eighteen percent of registered voters surveyed in a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll released Tuesday approve of the Republican’s performance. Seventy-three percent disapprove.

Florio’s job-approval reached 18 percent in 1990 after he signed tax increases and he lost a second term to Republican Christie Whitman. Democrat Brendan Byrne was the least popular governor with the support of just 17 percent after he signed New Jersey’s income tax into law in 1977.

The survey shows over half of Republicans polled disapprove of Christie’s leadership while only a third approve.

The survey of 836 registered voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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