Christie struggles to recover as disappointment runs deep

Only 15 percent of voters approve of the Republican’s job performance and 81 percent disapprove, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The university said it’s the worst gubernatorial approval rating surveyed by the poll in more than two decades. The poll surveyed 1,103 voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 points.

Christie’s allies say he’s not worried about the low ratings, but there are few signs the voters who once gave him high marks for his handling of Superstorm Sandy and elected him twice to one of the country’s most powerful governorships will change their views.

His meager popularity threatens his ability to score some wins to set his legacy before he leaves office, while also harming Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s chances in November’s governor’s race, which would leave Republicans out of power in any statewide office.