By Art Gallagher
Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray has a new poll out this morning that indicates that while Governor Chris Christie’s approval numbers are steady at 47%, the percentage of New Jersey residents who disapprove of job the governor is doing has jumped from 40% in February to 49% today.
Murray noted that the poll was conducted before the latest state revenue projections were released. MMM doubts the revenue numbers would have a postive impact on the governor’s numbers. The positive news in the revenue reports of income taxes generated by Wall Street is offset by the lagging sales tax and corporate tax revenue results which point to a weak New Jersey economy.
Murray said that the increase in Christie’s disapproval numbers came from people who previously had no opinion of the governor’s performance. In February 12% of the respondents did not express an opinion of Christie’s performance compared to 5% in the poll released today.
Christie support among Republicans slipped from 80% in February to 75% today. Among Independents Christie’s approval numbers rose from 49% to 53%. 72% of Democrats disapprove of Christie’s performance in today’s poll vs 61% in February.
Only 46% of New Jersey residents report having read or heard anything about the Christie’s Town Hall meetings.