A new poll shows New Jerseyans are becoming less optimistic about the direction of their state, but they aren't blaming Gov. Chris Christie.
The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Tuesday finds 49 percent of respondents think the state is headed in the right direction, an 8-point drop since June. That compares with 34 percent who believe it's on the wrong track, a 6-point gain.
The same poll finds Christie's approval rating is 58 percent, which is virtually unchanged since June. Perhaps that's because nearly two-thirds say their quality of life is about the same as when Christie became governor in 2010.
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“Garden State voters seem to be saying that the governor bears a good amount of responsibility for the state’s health, but the same credit or blame for their personal well-being is unrelated to Christie’s stewardship,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science at Fairleigh
The telephone survey of 700 registered voters was conducted Aug. 21-27 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.