Now that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has formally launched his presidential campaign, a majority of Garden State residents believe he should resign, according to a new poll from Monmouth University conducted after his campaign announcement.
Christie may have received Maine Gov. Paul LePage's support on Wednesday, but Monmouth's poll shows 57 percent of respondents think he should resign since he has decided to pursue higher office and 71 percent of New Jerseyans feel that he cannot campaign for president and govern effectively at the same time. The poll found that 38 percent of respondents would describe Christie as honest and trustworthy, while 58 percent of respondents would not.
"Chris Christie may be looking for a new job, just don't expect his current employer to provide a good reference," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement.
The poll does have some news the governor may welcome hearing. He trails Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by six fewer percentage points than he did two months ago, but still trails her by 17 percentage points. And one percentage point more of New Jersey voters favor Christie over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when asked who would make a better president. The Garden State respondents did think other Republicans running for president, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, would do a better job in office than Christie.