New Jersey is one unhappy state, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Fewer than one in five registered voters think their state is going in the right direction, while almost three-quarters think it is off on the wrong track; another one in 10 is unsure.
Part of that dissatisfaction is based upon state and national leadership. Just 16 percent have a favorable opinion of Gov. Chris Christie; the same number approves of the job he is doing as governor. Both ratings mark new all-time lows for the Governor.
The survey said residents are disappointed with an alarming number of things, unfamiliar with the candidates seeking to replace Christie and disillusioned with the senior US Senator, Robert Menendez, who is on trial in federal court on charges of corruption related to his acceptance of campaign money and other gifts in exchange for efforts to help a Florida eye doctor, who was convicted of bilking Medicare for more than $100 million.
“Views on the state’s direction have marched in lockstep with the governor’s spiraling ratings since the Bridgegate scandal broke in 2014,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University. “Dissatisfaction with state affairs is now at its highest point since 1992,as voters increasingly seem to feel Christie will be leaving New Jersey worse off than when he first took office.”
President Donald Trump fares little better among New Jersey voters.Thirty percent have a favorable opinion of the president, compared to 61 percent who have an unfavorable one. Likewise, by a 65 to 30 percent margin,more disapprove than approve of the job he is doing as president.
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