Our latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll asked New Jerseyans how much they trust their leaders to reform state government. Governor Chris Christie has an advantage over other officials on this metric, but not by as much as some might think.
The governor garners "a lot" of trust from 32% of the public — including 52% of Republicans, 35% of independents, and 15% of Democrats. However, a similar number — 29% — say they have no trust at all in him, including 46% of Democrats, 23% of independents, and 13% of his fellow Republicans.
Both parties in the legislature fare even worse. Only 14% of all New Jerseyans have a lot of trust in the reform credentials of Democratic legislators and an identical 14% feel the same about legislative Republicans. And, legislators of both parties inspire a lot of confidence among just one-third of their fellow partisans — 35% for Democrats and 36% for Republicans. Conversely, legislators get a "no confidence" vote from about 1-in-3 New Jerseyans — 29% for the Democrats and 36% for the Republicans.