If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) thought he had a chance of delivering his home state in a presidential contest, he better think again.
A majority of registered New Jersey voters have soured on Christie, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Institute poll released Thursday.
To make matters worse for the entrenched governor, he’s not being accepted nationally by Republican primary voters either. According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, he’s at 3.8 percent in the GOP presidential contest.
New Jersey voters are accusing him of abandoning them in order to pursue his presidential ambitions, 54 percent favor having Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno assume the governorship. About 70 percent of those respondents identify as Democrats and 35 percent are Republicans.
A majority also believe that Christie’s frequent campaign trips in other states have jeopardized his ability to govern.
They have concerns that his recent veto of bills that would have required individuals to notify law enforcement before erasing their mental health records for the purpose of purchasing a firearm, enabled transgender people to alter their birth certificates, and paid out a $300 million pension were politically motivated.
Nearly 60 percent believe Christie’s first priority is running for president over doing “what’s best for New Jersey.”
However, 52 percent of voters want the governor to either serve or resign on his own rather than have the Democratic legislature kick him out of office.
“While those here at home show little love for Christie or his presidential run, they are nevertheless against his Democratic opposition ousting him from office,” said assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University Ashley Koning in a press release.
At the rate that he’s going, he may find himself losing the presidential election, as well as damaging his legacy at home.
(h/t Washington Examiner)