Christie's favorability drops to 23% in Rutgers poll

Less than a quarter of New Jersey registered voters view Gov. Christie favorably, according to a new poll registering record-low ratings for the governor.

Christie is seen favorably by 23 percent of New Jersey voters, down three points since April and seven points since last year, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Monday. Sixty-seven percent of voters view Christie unfavorably, a new high during the governor's tenure, the poll found. It was conducted Sept. 6 to 10.

The Republican governor's job approval rating, meanwhile, was 26 percent - down five points in the Rutgers poll since April. The 26 percent rating mirrors other poll findings this summer.

On specific issues, Christie's approval rating in the Rutgers poll varies: 27 percent approve of him on the economy and jobs, 22 percent on taxes, and 15 percent on the state's pension fund situation.

The poll also found resistance to expanded gambling in New Jersey, which voters will be asked to decide in November. While 40 percent said casino gambling should be permitted elsewhere in the state, 50 percent said it should continue to be limited to Atlantic City.

Voters asked the question that will be on the November ballot to expand casino gambling to North Jersey were less favorable: 35 percent approved, while 58 percent disapproved, the poll found.

Results are from a statewide poll of 802 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones. The margin of error is 3.8 percentage points.

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