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27 percent approval
Gov. Chris Christie has brutal approval numbers in his home state of New Jersey, which votes today in the presidential primaries. A Monmouth University poll reported a mere 27 percent of New Jerseyans approve of the job Christie is doing as governor. Furthermore, 80 percent said Christie cares more about his own political future than being governor. [Business Insider]
Approximate percentage of U.S. companies that give annual raises on a fixed date each year, compared to 5 percent who give raises on the anniversary of an employee’s hire. General Electric — a longtime trendsetter in management — is reconsidering annual compensation increases. [Bloomberg]
The Golden State Warriors, who are currently leading in the NBA Finals series over the Cleveland Cavaliers, had the most grueling regular season travel schedule in the NBA: 53,575 scheduled miles over the 2015-16 season. That has something to do with California being further away from most of the league — similarly remote teams including Portland, Minnesota and San Antonio follow Golden State on the list. But, interestingly enough, the team with the fewest aggregate miles traveled was Cleveland, with 35,055. [Quartz]
Current California Green Party registration, down from 111,000 in early 2015. A spokesman credited the roughly 30 percent drop to the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has targeted members of the rather-left-leaning-indeed party to support him as Democrats in California’s (somewhat) closed Democratic primary, which is today. [Mother Jones]
Number of people ages 5 and older who spoke Arabic at home in the U.S. in 2014, 29 percent more than in 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau, already gearing up for 2020, is facing challenges translating the universal census form into Arabic. [Pew Research Center]
A year into Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive, his administration is reporting the recovery of $9.1 billion diverted from the government to former public officials or into private accounts. That’s great, but some Nigerians aren’t thrilled that the administration is refusing to name the corrupt individuals responsible for diverting the money. [Quartz]
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