State Watch

Just 10 percent in NJ poll would like to see Christie run for White House in 2024

Just 10 percent of people from New Jersey would like to see former Gov. Chris Christie (R) run for the presidency again in 2024, Monmouth University Poll found.

Christie, who launched an unsuccessful campaign to be the Republican nominee in the 2016 election, received little support from residents of his home state for another presidential run, along with being declared the most unfavorable former governor of the state by a large margin.

"At the other end of the spectrum is Christie (R; 2010-2018). His negative -38 net rating - 26% favorable and 64% unfavorable - makes him the most unpopular living governor by far," Monmouth University Poll said.

The closest unfavorable rating to Christie is former Gov. Jon Corzine (D), with a 34 percent unfavorable rating.

"When asked to describe what they remember most about Christie's eight years in office, 1 in 4 mention the Bridgegate episode (26%). This is followed by his closure of state parks and a related meme of him sitting on the beach (12%). Another 4% reference corruption or scandal in general," the poll says.

Among Republicans, only 34 percent say Christie would make a good president. That number was at 57 percent six years ago.

"The sense that Christie turned his back on New Jersey in pursuit of higher office was the main reason for a sharp drop in his ratings by the time he left office. Incidents like Bridgegate or Beachgate serve as vivid memes for this lingering sentiment," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.

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