The Monmouth University Polling Institute will reveal how New Jerseyans view their living former governors, with some special insights on former Gov. Chris Christie and how his home state views his possible bid for the presidency in 2024.
The Monmouth Poll’s “Cavalcade of Governors” poll in April 2018 had Christie’s favorables at an upside-down 22%-71%.
New Jerseyans were split on Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, who was at 35%-35% three years ago. The number to watch for Whitman is her standing with Republicans. She had favorables of 46%-35%; since then, she endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president against Donald Trump and last week suggested that some Republicans should consider splitting off and forming a new political party.
Christie was upside-down among New Jersey Republicans at 43%-48% in the 2018 poll.
Favorables of other former New Jersey governors: Jon Corzine (32%-41%); Richard Codey (25%-13%), James E. McGreevey (29%-34%); Donald DiFrancesco (9%-13%); Jim Florio (26%-29%), and Thomas Kean (45%-12%).
Former Gov. Brendan Byrne, who had passed away on January 2018, was included in the poll and had favorables of 28%-10%.
A recent Monmouth poll put Gov. Phil Murphy’s job approval ratings at 57%-35%.