POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Christie losing ground among 2016 GOP presidential pack in new poll

Gov. Chris Christie finds himself trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and others in a new presidential poll. - (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/TIM LARSEN)

Gov. Chris Christie finds himself trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and others in a new presidential poll. – (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/TIM LARSEN)

By Andrew George for NJBIZ

According to a new Monmouth University Poll released Monday, Gov. Chris Christie, despite formally announcing his candidacy last month, continues to lose ground as he seeks the Republican Party’s nomination for president.

Christie’s latest mark of just 2 percent support among voters reflects a drop of two percentage points from another poll in June. The governor’s favorability rating also declined slightly, to just 25 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.

Poll Director Patrick Murray noted that, while Christie’s two-percentage point drop may seem slight, it could prove significant as only the top 10 candidates in an average of polls will be allowed to appear on stage at next month’s first primary debate.

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