Poll: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Attracting More Critics

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A new poll finds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holding his supporters but attracting more critics.

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll released Wednesday puts Christie’s job approval rating among state residents surveyed at 47 percent. That’s the same as in a February poll.

But his detractors have grown in number. About 49 percent now disapprove, compared to 40 percent three months ago.

The shift reflects fewer residents who say they’re undecided about Christie’s performance.

Patrick Murray, Director of The Monmouth University Polling Institute, attributes the increase in the disapproval number to New Jerseyeans not seeing their property taxes going down since Christie has been in office.

“People aren’t particularly happy with the budget, they weren’t happy with last year’s budget but they said that they could live with it,” Murray told WCBS 880. “They could live with it because there was a promise at the end of the day that things would get better in the state, the finances would get better and particularly the property taxes would get better and I think that’s what is holding back the governor.”

Despite the national attention and millions of YouTube views garnered by Christie’s many town hall meetings, just under half of those polled have heard about them.

The telephone poll of 807 New Jersey residents was taken May 12-16 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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  • nobodyasked

    as long as christie keeps supporting bad fiscak decisions such as mall of amrica, revel ac casino, and two losing racetracks, the support that he really needs will keep filtering away.

  • mark

    It’s all downhill now for the manatee in a suit.

  • Franco Olivo

    My taxes went up this year and he cut my services. The only people that saw a tax cut were people making $300,000 a yr or more. Lord knows that it’s hard to get by on a measly million a yr, good thing they got their taxes lowered at the expense of cops, firemen and teachers.

    • PO'd

      Franco….the Dems had ALL the opportunity to pass the so called millionaires tax….but they did not. Don’t blame the Governor. Dems know they are in trouble….thats why they resist. For years our Legislature has been passing the bucks to their backers and raising ALL of OUR taxes. Well the bill has come due. But no one is willing to take the blame for it. Kind of curious, isn’t it? They only want the status quo and no one will be the wiser…only poorer.

      • Tom

        And Christie only wants people to NJ to be worse off than they were before he took office. He has cut so many essential services, it’s not even funny.

  • niklu

    Blotted ego and other things

  • jerseyjoey

    The Critics, all 2% of them. HaHaHa who cares what thy liar liberal press says, we all know the press will only publish anti-republican trash and a poll is what ever you want it to be, Duh, geewilicers spangalli Stat 101 rule 1) take survey in heavy liberal ares, like colleges or inner cities, yup you get those biased numbers you want. Duh duh, novembers from now on will tell the real story not you liar media and lemming liberal headliners.

  • vincent chiavetta

    Cristi raised property taxes when he took away the rebaits. Iwas getting 1200 a year senior rebate and he gave back 290. That means my taxes went up 900.00 plus. Lets not kid ourselves.

    • PO'd

      How can you even believe the logic in that statement?

      • Tom

        Cause it’s true :;

  • PO'd

    These stats are nonsense. The critics forgot how any proposals are enacted into law. Its called the Legislature. Critics (you are some of the votes) who keep re-electing the Legislature and so far, they are doing what they do best – NOTHING! If the Dems vote for anything, the risk being caught for wrong doing or they will lose all financial suppport (political suicide). Stop taking the time to answer these polls and vote the Dems out of office in November.

    • Ron

      Yes We have to keep cutting expenses for the rich!

      • PO'd

        Ron – I see you have a clear understanding of what is going on.

    • Tom

      Yeah, and Christie is the man for not caring about the middle/working class people of NJ(sarcasm).

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