Christie's approval rating continues record-setting slide

"The irresponsibility of this bill, and the resulting peril in which it could place both inmates and corrections officers every day, is truly breathtaking", Christie, a Republican, wrote in his veto message.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has reached an historical low for gubernatorial approval ratings taken by a renowned pollster, plunging below 20 percent for a mark not seen in more than 20 years of surveys.

"Gov. Christie has been abandoned by virtually everyone, which is a far cry from where he once sat atop a field of aspiring presidential candidates who cut a more polarizing figure than he did", said FDU Prof. "Remember four years ago, when Republican leaders were pleading with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie to run for president and he looked like a sure thing for reelection - which he was?" said Maurice Carrol, assistant poll director.

Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, were convicted on charges including conspiracy, fraud and deprivation of civil rights.

Two former aides of Christie's, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, were found guilty on counts of wire fraud and conspiracy for their role in the scandal.

Christie now enjoys the support of 18 percent of voters according to the new poll.

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"As a former federal prosecutor, I have respected these proceedings and refused to comment on the daily testimony from the trial", Christie said in a statement following the conviction, citing "lies that were told by the media and in the courtroom" about him.

Almost three-quarters, or 71 percent, of New Jersey residents surveyed also said they don't concerned Christie to be honest or trustworthy. More than half - 51% - said Christie doesn't have strong leadership qualities.

Thirty-six percent of New Jerseyans gave Christie an "F" rating on his job, with 16 percent giving him a "B", 24 percent giving him a "C" and 22 percent giving him a "D".

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,318 New Jersey voters via telephone on November 28-Dec. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Christie's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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