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President Trump with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin at the White House in 2017. (WHITE HOUSE PHOTO)

Trump still unpopular in New Jersey

By Nikita Biryukov, August 22 2018 3:07 pm

President Donald Trump’s approval in the state had barely changed between Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll and one the school released in March.

The more recent poll found that 33% of New Jersey voters approved of the president, while 63% dissapproved.

Those figures are almost identical to his approval ratings in March, when 32% of voters approved of his handling of the presidency and 63% disapproved.

The numbers are no surprise, as Trump rarely fairs well in deep-blue states like New Jersey, but they do reaffirm that fully backing Trump could be a dangerous step for Republicans like U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin, who was Trump’s New Jersey finance chair in 2016.

Hugin has largely kept clear of Trump this cycle, and not without good reason. At 33% approval, there’s little good the president could do for Hugin’s statewide campaign.

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