Politics

Trump surging N.J. as Christie loses half his support

New Jersey governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie is being told by voters across the board in his home state to call it a day.

The establishment candidate, who once flew high in the GOP field, is down to just 5 percent support in the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll of New Jersey voters. His favorability ratings are tanking, and nearly 70 percent of voters say he should end his campaign.

"Christie no longer has any home state advantage," Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Rutgers University's Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, said in a press release Thursday. "The voters who know him best blame not his competition, but what Christie himself is doing — or not doing — for New Jersey."

Christie holds the No. 8 spot in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings. Most Garden State voters, according to the same poll, cite his record as governor and "tough guy" attitude as the leading causes of his decline since he announced his candidacy in late June.

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Though the two-term governor might like to think Donald Trump's forceful presence in the GOP field has derailed his campaign, a majority of voters believe Christie would be faring "about the same" had Trump stuck to hosting the "Celebrity Apprentice."

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