It looks like the Honeymoon is over for Chris Christie, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey the governor’s popularity around the state has taken a 9% nose dive since the beginning of March when a similar poll found that Christie enjoyed a 52% job approval rating before making dramatic announcements of cuts to the state budget.
Better than two-thirds of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing, and independents approve by 49%-19%, while Democrats disapprove by 45%- 23%. The governor approval rating in non-public-employee households is 44%-28% but drops in public-employee households to 37%-49%.
“It’s a bad time to be governor of any state,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “You’re damned if you cut the budget and damned if you raise taxes.”