New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reached a new low when it comes to his job approval rating.

A new Quinnipiac University poll, released in late January, shows 17 percent of New Jersey residents approve of Christie's performance, while 78 disapprove.

The poll was conducted from January 26 through January 30, 2017 among 1,240 New Jersey voters.  The stunning part of this latest poll is Christie's standing among Republican voters in the Garden State.  Just 39 percent approve while 53 percent disapprove.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows a 2 percent decrease in support for Christie from December.  

The drop in support comes during a time when Christie has been taking some relatively moderate stances on issues, such as increasing funding for drug addiction treatment and taking measures to make getting treatment for addicts easier.

Christie reached his peak popularity in the months following Superstorm Sandy, with his approval rating reaching into the 70s in late 2012 and early 2013.

Since then, scandal, political ambition and ultimately, his endorsement of Donald Trump were all factors in the downfall in poll numbers, according to Politico New Jersey reporter and author of New Jersey Playbook Matt Friedman.

"Bridgegate started the slide, it brought him down.  People started viewing him differently, and when the governor started spending more and more time out of state--he spent the majority of 2015 out of state when he ran for president," said Friedman. "People had enough, they felt like he wasn't committed to the job."

After Christie dropped out of the Republican primaries on February 10, 2016 he declared his support for Trump.  Friedman said Christie's endorsement didn't help matters.

"In fact, this poll measured Donald Trump's job performance so far among New Jersey voters--only about 36 percent approve, more than 50 percent disapprove of his performance, and this is traditionally when a president would be in his honeymoon."

Friedman went on to compare Christie's numbers to past governors, saying New Jersey has not seen approval ratings this low for a governor since Brendan Byrne in 1977.  Byrne instituted the state's first income tax.

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On July 21, 2017, Christie signed a law that includes a provision banning life without parole for juvenile offenders. Previously, New Jersey juveniles convicted of killing police officers or killing other juveniles during commission of a sex crime could be automatically sentenced to live out their lives behind bars.