Nobody likes Chris Christie: He's polling at 5 percent in his own state

67% of all New Jersey voters want their governor to give up his long shot presidential bid

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 15, 2015 4:17PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Dominick Reuter)
(Reuters/Dominick Reuter)

If there was ever going to be a sudden Chris Christie "comeback" it likely would have been mounted on the New Jersey governor's popularity in his own blue state but with his standing in his home state plummeting, I think we can safely presume that Christie has virtually no chance of clinching the Republican presidential nomination and now 67 percent of New Jersey voters want him to drop out.

A new poll out today shows that Christie is deeply unpopular, with his overall approval rating in New Jersey standing at 39 percent and his popularity among Republican primary voters in his state virtually nonexistent.

Only five percent of New Jersey Republicans said Christie was their top choice for president, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of New Jersey voters. As recently as August, the beleaguered Republican came in second only to Donald Trump in his home state but now he is tied for fifth place with Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina.

Last December, Christie had the support of 32 percent of Republicans in his state and Christie's precipitous decline places him a perilously unique position.

“Other Republican candidates have been led by Trump in their home states’ polls, but virtually all still come in second or third,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University, explained. “Christie no longer has any home state advantage. The voters who know him best blame not his competition but what Christie himself is doing – or not doing – Christie and 2016 Race October 2015 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll 2 for New Jersey.”

Now, 67 percent of voters in New Jersey believe Christie should drop out of the race, including 54 percent of Republicans.

But, hey, at least he is not Lindsey Graham, whose home state Republicans want him to drop out of the race by a whopping 78 percent.

Chrisite is currently running in tenth place nationally, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

(H/T: Politico)

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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