Christie's poll numbers take a hit

Gov. Chris Christie answers a question June 2 in Denville, NJ. That's my head to the right, by the way, and the Star-Ledger's Ginger Gibson to the left, but you probably don't care about that. (AP Photo / Mel Evans)

You won't find me reporting on the many, many polls that are taken about the governor, but today's Quinnipiac Poll is interesting because it backs up recent trends showing a dip in Gov. Christie's approval ratings. Christie has a 44 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval rating, according to the poll, his lowest since his term began.

Disapproval ratings are high among women, at 54 percent, and Democrats, at 75 percent.

Voters like Christie as a person (49 percent) more than they like his policies (45 percent). It should be noted that his approval ratings are higher than many other governors -- including Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett (R), Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and Ohio Gov. Kasich (R).

On Christie's signature issue for 2011, education reform, the gov has some weakness. Voters disapprove 55 percent to 41 percent on how he is handling education. And yet nearly three-quarters say spending should be cut instead of taxes raised to pay for schools -- which is exactly what Christie wants to do. Even more schizophrenically, voters ALSO support a millionaire's tax to fund schools.

Another tidbit: Christie's frenemy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), who is shepherding Christie's pension and health benefits reform plan through the Legislature despite union opposition, is now more popular among the GOP than among Dems.