Post-Beachgate, Chris Christie's Approval Rating Just Got Even Lower

Bryan Michalek | July 10, 2017
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In a poll conducted by Monmouth University released on Monday New Jersey's historically unpopular Governor was found to have an 80 percent disapproval rating over his job performance.

For the first time ever, a majority of Christie's constituents claim New Jersey is worse off than it was before he took the governorship. The poll was the first statewide one to be conducted since the "Beachgate" photos were released to the public, showing the governor enjoying some warm weather at the beach over the Fourth of July weekend at Island Beach State Park.

Christie had just closed that area of the Jersey Shore to the public during a three-day government shutdown.

The poll found that Christie's approval rating stands at an embarrassing 15 percent, which is one of the lowest ratings of any governor in the United States. According to the New York Times, Christie has managed to stay just slightly ahead of the  absolute worst governors in the nation, like Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, who went to federal prison with just 8 percent voter approval.

Even among Republicans, Christie is doing poorly at a mere 30 percent approval rate.

The poll itself was conducted between July 6 and 9, and included a telephone survey of 800 N.J. residents with a margin sampling error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Another poll from Quinnipiac University found that Christie was the most unpopular New Jersey governor since polling began, with an 81 percent disapproval rating in terms of his work.

Rather than trying to fix the problem, it looks like Christie might just jump ship. It was recently reported he is auditioning for a drive-time sports talk radio at WFAN. His spokesman, Brian Murray, said the governor plans to take on the radio job as well as remain the governor, saying, "The governor enjoys the opportunity to talk about sports on WFAN and is happy to have the chance to do that with Evan Roberts for eight hours next week over two shows."

"Despite those eight hours, as always, he will be on the job as governor," the spokesperson added.

Maybe Christie should just stick to the radio, because New Jersey seems perfectly fine with changing the station on their governor.