58% say Christie is not honest and trustworthy
A new Monmouth University Poll, taken after Governor Chris Christie’s presidential announcement and released this morning, indicates that a strong majority of New Jerseyans believe that Christie has abandoned his commitment to govern the state and that he would be a bad president.
57% say Christie should resign now that he has officially entered the presidential race. 71% say Christie cannot run for president and govern effectively at the same time….”walk and chew gum”… as Christie refers to his plan.
Just 27% of New Jerseyans say Christie would make a good president. More than two-thirds (69%) say he would not. A few months ago, Christie was asked on national TV about similar poll results. He responded that survey participants told pollsters he would not make a good president because “a lot of those people…want me to stay.” Monmouth followed up with the participants in our poll and found that just 5% of those who said he would not make a good president say they gave that response because they would rather have Christie stay in New Jersey. Fully 89% of this group, though, confirmed that their answer meant they really think he would make a bad president.
“I’m not sure how the governor defines ‘a lot,’ but any common sense usage of the term would have to be significantly greater than five percent,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Christie’s job approval rating in New Jersey is negative; among all residents 36% approve and 58% disapproved. Among registered voters his approval stands at 34% approve and 60% disapprove.
If the presidential election were today, Christie would lose New Jersey to Hillary Clinton by a margin of 32%-49%
If the presidential primary was today, Christie would lose head to head match ups with Jeb Bush (37%-29%) and Marco Rubio (35%-26%). Christie would win a razor thin victory against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (30%-29%).
Christie’s “Telling Like It Is” slogan does not resonate with New Jersey residents, 58% of whom say he is not honest and trustworthy. Hillary Clinton got higher trustworthy marks in Quinnipiac Polls reported two weeks ago.
82% of New Jerseyans, including 75% of Republicans, say that Christie’s campaign should pay the cost of his security detail while he is traveling out-of-state campaigning.