Gov. Jon Corzine has an upside-down 39%-46% job approval rating, and voters give him a grade of C- on his report card, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today.
Senate President Richard Codey, who served as Governor before Corzine, has a 45%-15% favorable rating – making him the most popular statewide politician in New Jersey. U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, who is expected to challenge Corzine in 2009, has an approval rating of 29%-9%. Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts is virtually unknown; he has an approval rating of 11%-9%. The Legislature is also upside-down at 27%-45%.
On his report card, Corzine gets a D+ on property taxes, C- on cost cutting and ethics reform, a C on Education, a D on cost of living, and a C+ on his level of effort.
“The governor’s success with last month’s budget negotiations has led to some small improvements in his job ratings,” commented Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Still, he is not seen as making real progress in the areas which most concern New Jersey.”