NJ Politics Digest: Call It the Christie Effect

Cory Booker.

Cory Booker. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Call it the Chris Christie effect.

A Monmouth University Poll found that Sen. Cory Booker’s popularity in New Jersey declined since he announced his bid for the U.S. presidency earlier this month.

Booker earned a 48% approval and a 36% disapproval rating, with the disapproval rating reaching its highest level since he took office in 2013.

“Part of the problem could be that New Jerseyans haven’t fully recovered from Christie’s run (for president) four years ago,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Christie, once wildly popular in the Garden State, left office with the lowest approval ratings of any of the state’s chief executives. He spent a considerable about of time out of state campaigning for the Republican nomination and that, plus the Bridgegate traffic scandal and plus his abrasive personality and several public relations gaffes tanked his standing among New Jerseyans.

The Monmouth poll found that 58% of respondents feel Booker won’t be able to effectively do his job as senator while campaigning for president. However, 50% of respondents said that the senator should keep his seat while he runs, while 43% said he should resign.

While state law was recently amended to clarify that Booker could seek both his Senate seat and the presidency if he wins the 2020 Democratic nomination, most poll respondents said he needed to choose, with only 21% saying he should run for president and Senate simultaneously and 66% saying he should give up his Senate seat if he is the Democratic presidential nominee.

Quote of the Day: “New Jersey is open for business, and now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices,” — Gov. Phil Murphy, after the online retailer announced it was scrapping plans to build a corporate campus in New York City.

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NJ Politics Digest: Call It the Christie Effect