Gov. Chris Christie is enjoying a rare political Nirvana in New Jersey – a blissful union of high popularity and low expectations.
State voters approve of Christie by a huge margin – yet they don’t expect him to accomplish much during his second term as governor, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.
Sixty-five percent of registered voters surveyed applaud Christie’s performance in office, compared to 27 percent who disapprove.
In the same poll, 70 percent said Christie will make little or no headway on their top issues – including jobs, schools and property taxes. Twenty-two percent said there will be no real progress, while 48 percent anticipated little progress.
“Few New Jerseyans have a clear idea about what a second term holds,” said poll director Patrick Murray. “Stellar approval ratings and no specific expectations from his constituents could give the governor a lot of leeway in carving out his political future.”
Christie is widely expected to run for president in the 2016 election. As chair of the Republican Governors Association, he has free reign to spend large amounts of time outside New Jersey for speeches, fundraisers and other political occasions.
New Jersey voters were not as charitable to other elected officials. The poll found:
- President Barack Obama’s rating sank to its lowest level ever – a 47 percent to 47 percent tie among voters, who were evenly split over his performance in office.
- The Democrat-controlled State Legislature registered an approval rating of 44 percent to 38 percent.
- U.S. Senator Cory Booker scored a 37 percent to 21 percent rating – while 42 percent had no opinion after his first six weeks on the job.
- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez held a 47 percent to 27 percent rating.
The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from December 4 to 8, 2013 with a statewide random sample of 802 adult residents, including 602 contacted on a landline telephone and 200 on a cell phone. The sample had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.