Update: From bad to worse. In addition to the below, a new Fairleigh Dickinson poll shows just 26 percent of New Jerseyans approve of Christie. That's his lowest approval rating to date -- in any poll -- and down from a high of 77 percent after Hurricane Sandy.
A few other findings:
- "Moreover, half (49%) now say they dislike everything about Governor Christie, up from thirty-nine percent when the same question was last asked almost a year ago."
- "Forty-six percent say the work on behalf of Trump has hurt their opinion of the Governor, with 47 percent who say it has made no difference. Only six percent say it actually helped his image."
"Saturday Night Live" had a little bit of fun at Chris Christie's expense — again — over the weekend. In its cold open, the show poked fun at the idea that Christie might be directing Donald Trump's vice presidential search in a very specific direction.
Christie runs through a number of options that are deemed not quite the right fit, and then gets to a bunch of Republicans who have insisted they're not interested. By the end of it, basically the only option appears to be — you guessed it — Chris Christie.
It's certainly a possible outcome; we even have Christie as our No. 1 likeliest pick. After all, Christie was a big early endorser for Trump, jumping on-board when many other Republicans still hoped Trump would quietly (or even loudly) fade away. Trump also says he wants a VP with political experience, which Christie certainly has. And at the risk of being understated here, the two men share some of the same sensibilities.
Indeed, it would be the New Jersey-est presidential ticket in history. The only problem is that New Jersey really, really doesn't like Chris Christie.
A poll out Wednesday from Quinnipiac University showed Christie's approval rating hitting a new low and also being the lowest of any governor in the history of the pollster's surveys across nine states. More than twice as many New Jerseyans disapproved of Christie (64 percent) as approved of him (29 percent).
Christie still has some goodwill among Republicans in the state — 59 percent approve versus 34 percent who disapprove — but independents oppose him by a striking 66 to 26 margin.
And here's the rub: Basically nobody thinks Trump should pick Christie as his second-in-command. Nearly three-fourths of the state (72 percent) and even 64 percent of Republicans say Trump shouldn't pick Christie. Just 27 percent of Republicans want Christie on the GOP ticket.
None of which perhaps matters to Trump. Winning New Jersey isn't exactly part of the GOP road map to the presidency, and vice presidential picks are often about how a No. 2 complements a presidential candidate rather than how they help them win. See: Cheney, Dick; and Biden, Joseph.
What's more, it's not unusual for home-state residents to be lukewarm to the idea of their politicians running for the White House. I even wrote this headline last year: "Breaking: No state ever wanted its politician to run for president."
Indeed, back in 2013, the then-hugely popular Christie was actually one of few pols whose home states gave them the go-ahead to pursue national office — but only by a small margin.
That remains true, but the 72 percent of New Jerseyans who want no part of a Christie-for-Vice President campaign would still rank among the highest on the above chart. It's similar to the percentage of Alaskans who wanted Sarah Palin to run for president and Texans who wanted Rick Perry to try again after a 2012 campaign that has come to be defined by one word: Oops.
Indeed, even if you just take the two-thirds of Republicans who don't want Christie to run for VP, his don't-run number would be pretty high up on that scale.
All of which is to say, Trump very well might pick Christie, but he wouldn't be adding someone who does much to improve his image problem. Christie's stock as a politician has perhaps never been lower.