POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Poll: NJ voters not sold on Booker’s presidential run

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential run isn’t yet gaining traction at home.

A new Monmouth University poll shows just 36 percent of New Jersey voters think Booker would do a good job as president.

The poll shows 48 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Booker’s doing.

That’s a drop from 54 percent in the same poll last April, and his disapproval rating has climbed from 31 percent to 38 percent, his highest ever.

Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray says Booker’s numbers slipped in part because Republicans and independents turned against him as he increased his national profile.

Former Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential run may also be a factor in early sentiment about Booker’s candidacy.

“Part of the problem could be that New Jerseyans haven’t fully recovered from Christie’s run four years ago,” said Murray.