Better and better: Chris Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey now higher than Obama’s

posted at 7:20 pm on August 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not only is he above 50 percent, he’s up seven points since the last poll. Read the data any way you like. Proof that Christiemania on the right is spreading statewide in New Jersey? Proof that the red wave that’s coming in November is starting to lift Republican governors, even in blue states? Or merely proof that, even in Democratic strongholds, it just ain’t that hard these days to poll better than Barack Obama?

Fifty-one percent of voters approve of Christie, while 36 percent disapprove. That’s a major jump from the last Quinnipiac poll, taken on June 17, when 44 percent approved and 43 percent disapproved.

“This is a good poll for Christie,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “People are getting to know him, and they apparently are getting to like him.”

President Obama does not fare as well. Fourty-seven percent approve of the president and 47 percent disapprove. In June, 50 percent of New Jersey voters approved of his job performance and 46 percent disapproved.

Only 39 percent call him a “bully” whereas 51 percent call him a “leader.” How much of a rock star is he? Well, the Republican Governors Association — led by “the most powerful Republican in politics,” with fundraising money to burn — is putting together a 20-minute movie/campaign commercial about Christie that’s set to drop sometime next month. He’s their poster boy for the midterms, in other words, and to me a perfect choice in light of what I said yesterday about emphasizing fiscal conservatism as the message in the fall, not anything mosque-related. Given how sweet the RGA’s ads have been thus far, it should be dynamite. Here’s a sneak preview.

Remember November Act I: ‘A New Jersey’ Opening Featurette from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.


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Suicide watch for Bammy

Sharke on August 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM

My lefty aunt’s head just exploded.

teehee!

nukemhill on August 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Can we hold elections…today? OK, tomorrow.

Electrongod on August 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Was this poll taken before or after Christie’s surrender on the Ground Zero Victory Mosque?

Sorry, he is probably a great governor, but I just can’t that excited about him anymore.

Norwegian on August 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I think we need to have an investigation to find out who is funding these ads!

-N.Pelosi.

Dr.Gills on August 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Well Barry did bow to him.

Sklee on August 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

US to Obama: Hit the Road Jack

faraway on August 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Salute-ty!!!

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM

New media meme: fat people are bad role model for our children.

year_of_the_dingo on August 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Well who’da thunk voters might respect someone who makes difficult decisions with the State’s best interests at heart despite the personal political damage that might come? Geez you’d think we lived in someplace like America and not Venezuela.

txmomof6 on August 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM

I don’t know about you guys, but I think the bottom is about to fall out for zero, and unlike Clinton I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on August 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

US to Obama: Hit the Road Jack

faraway on August 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

faraway: Yup,starring Hopey and the FLOTUSettes!!:)

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I think it is awesome, we need his fiscal policies to lead the way for the GOP. I am not exactly a fan of what he said about the mosque but I do believe the fiscal conservative is what is needed to usher the rest of the conservative agenda. The GOP has to sell it and prove it this time around and not give in tot eh trappings of power and we need to stay on them and make they do.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM

in light of what I said yesterday about emphasizing fiscal conservatism as the message in the fall, not anything mosque-related.

I agree. The mosque issue will carry on by itself, and it’s way to easily demagogued to get too involved in: “you aren’t against religious freedom and private property are you Mr. Bigot?!” – the MFM.

People are looking for some fiscal sanity and less arrogance and governing against the will of the people.

forest on August 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM

just think of what Shwarenegger would have been like if he had followed this model.

joeindc44 on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Could it be,that they went tooooooooo faaaaaaar!!

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I don’t know about you guys, but I think the bottom is about to fall out for zero, and unlike Clinton I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it.
TimTebowSavesAmerica on August 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

That is the part that worries me, the petulant child temper tantrum from the power of a President.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

It’s gonna’ be a Red Tide on November 2nd.

My collie says:

And we’re not talkin’ about algae blooms, get it?

You might want to order your Sarah Palin mug BEFORE they are out of stock.

My collie says:

Mine is already on its way to my doghouse.

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM

This is great news. Remember, only 18 months ago, it was thought that a republican could never win in the NE again. Yet when legislative reality meets progressive ideology, so unpalatable is it, that Southern republican governors are pointing to the one republican governor in the bluest of blue states. Having said that…turnout turnout turnout.

Weight of Glory on August 19, 2010 at 7:37 PM

People are looking for some fiscal sanity and less arrogance and governing against the will of the people.

This.

rickyricardo on August 19, 2010 at 7:37 PM

A man who calls himself a conservative (and actually acts conservative) is popular.

Hey GOP!!? Pay attention dammit!!!!!!!

Squiggy on August 19, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Could it be,that they went tooooooooo faaaaaaar!!

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Maybe something like this

http://viper.haque.net/~timeless/blog/144/

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I don’t know about you guys, but I think the bottom is about to fall out for zero, and unlike Clinton I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on August 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

He is free to resign from the office of the POTUS.

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 7:40 PM

“People are getting to know him, and they apparently are getting to like him.”

Ok. So what does this say about Barry’s awful poll numbers. People have had longer to get to know him, so “People are getting to know him, and they apparently are getting to abhor him.”

Greek Fire on August 19, 2010 at 7:42 PM

That is the part that worries me, the petulant child temper tantrum from the power of a President.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

If he does something really stupid, and enough of us survive, he WILL be impeached.

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

A petulant child is a very apt description of him. I really don’t consider him a guy; he’s a man-child. He doesn’t have the cojones to face and beat real adversity. The people who babied the loser never prepared him for November 2010.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on August 19, 2010 at 7:46 PM

If he does something really stupid, and enough of us survive, he WILL be impeached.

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM

In my best Carl Spackler voice

“So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” :)

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Chris Christie 2016!!!

Woohoo!

terryannonline on August 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM

The people who babied the loser never prepared him for November 2010.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on August 19, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I would say they never prepared him for Jan 20, 2009 they just thought they did. I don`t think he was ever told NO in his life.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Yeah, I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that he’s polling higher than Obama. I bought a bag of potato chips tonight that’s up 2% over Obama in the latest polling from Rasmussen.

Bruce MacMahon on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Chris Christie 2016!!!

Woohoo!

terryannonline on August 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM

What’s with the 2016 crap? I’m not quite ready to concede 2012 yet with Obama going the way he is.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Great news, but that video preview was pointless. Yeah, we won, they lost. How about a message?

paul1149 on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

What’s with the 2016 crap? I’m not quite ready to concede 2012 yet with Obama going the way he is.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Waiting for Christie to finish a full term.

terryannonline on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Yeah, I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that he’s polling higher than Obama. I bought a bag of potato chips tonight that’s up 2% over Obama in the latest polling from Rasmussen.

Bruce MacMahon on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Lay`s don`t count, they always poll pretty high! :)

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

What’s with the 2016 crap? I’m not quite ready to concede 2012 yet with Obama going the way he is.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Waiting for Christie to finish a full term.

terryannonline on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

OK, well Christie 2020 then.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Break William Howard Taft’s bathtub out of the White House basement.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Christie makes Schwarzenegger look like a girly-boy.

mydh12 on August 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM
====================================
Maybe something like this

http://viper.haque.net/~timeless/blog/144/

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:39 PM

bluemarlin: Exactly!:)

canopfor on August 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Poor Cute Katie. Still a whore for the DNC.

GarandFan on August 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM

That’s President Elect Christie, bub.

pedestrian on August 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM

My collie says:

The only thing better than Total Consciousness on one’s deathbed, is making a guy that thinks he’s a god suffer through impeachment proceedings. So yeah, you’re right, we got that goin’ for us, which is nice.

And to quote another Bill Murray movie,
“Okay, so (s)he’s a dog.”

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

But he’s only at 51%. That’s disappointing. What does that mean for hi re-election chances?

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

But he’s only at 51%. That’s disappointing. What does that mean for hi re-election chances?

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

He was at 44% in one of the bluest of blue states. I think 51% is pretty good with the trend going higher. If he stays on his fiscal conservative path, things will get better and so will his numbers. I think and hope so anyway.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 8:07 PM

CyberCipher on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I like it!

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Wow. I thought all the creative types were Dems and Progressives. Nice video.

jamie gumm on August 19, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Breaking: (and this should be a huge OH MY!)

NOAA Scientist testifies that 3/4′s of Gulf spill still in the environment—millions of barrels.

Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 8:14 PM

in other words, and to me a perfect choice in light of what I said yesterday about emphasizing fiscal conservatism as the message in the fall, not anything mosque-related.

Thank you for that.

Breaking: (and this should be a huge OH MY!)

NOAA Scientist testifies that 3/4’s of Gulf spill still in the environment—millions of barrels.

Rovin on August 19, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Obama lied, the Gulf of Mexico died.

Rae on August 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I have to admit I am an addict of Christie’s “Common Sense Porn”. It is like Beck claims, I scour the Internet all hours of the day trying to find the latest video, article anything where this man is quoted. Sometimes I turn down the lights and search for it late in the night. Trying to find more, more, and more! I won’t stop it keeps growing.

Honestly I think he needs experience but if I am not impressed with the crop of candidates for ’12 I will probably be longing for Christie to throw his hat in the ring. I haven’t been this into a candidate in my lifetime. I was just a child for Reagan but he keeps walking the walk and doesn’t have a mistress waiting in the wings, I think this man’s impact could be big.

closetgop on August 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM

the state troopers that protect him “love him”. you can quote me on that.

sbvft contributor on August 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM

The economy in New Jersey sucks. People see Christie staying home and trying to do something about it while Obama takes another expensive vacation, raises money in Beverly Hills, and babbles about a car in the ditch.

Christie is more popular now than he was when he was elected. Can ANY other politician in America today say that?

rockmom on August 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Poor Dems–they’re caught between Barack and a hard place.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 19, 2010 at 8:48 PM

That’s President Elect Christie, bub.

pedestrian on August 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Damn straight. This man will be president one day.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2010 at 9:05 PM

But he’s only at 51%. That’s disappointing. What does that mean for hi re-election chances?

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

What he’s trying to do up there is going to piss a lot of people off. I love him, cuz he understands that what he’s doing is necessary, even if it costs him re-election. We need more people like that. If you gotta destroy your career to save the state/country you love from fiscal destruction, you do it. Let the history books do the rest.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I have a woodie.

More Christie porn, please!

tommylotto on August 19, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Video looks good-should be effective even if its’ not “message heavy.” Despite what a lot of people think, I think he was right about what he was saying with the mosque situation-everyone’s gotten way too emotional about it and its’ a distraction from larger issues.

Alfresco on August 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I think he’s pushing the point where his numbers can only get better by reducing the number of public employees. I hope he continues that course and wish him good luck and godspeed.

Dusty on August 19, 2010 at 9:48 PM

A politician who runs on principles and then governs on principles. And he’s more popular than any of the wedge issue, identity pols around (and I’m including GOPers here too). What an amazing concept!

The thing that cheered me up the most was watching the Bell citizens on the news, guys named Ali and Pedro, all describing how the City Council has violated American values, and what they were going to do to get their city back.

PattyJ on August 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM

He was at 44% in one of the bluest of blue states. I think 51% is pretty good with the trend going higher. If he stays on his fiscal conservative path, things will get better and so will his numbers. I think and hope so anyway.

bluemarlin on August 19, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I know many people say NJ is “one of the bluest of blue states,” but having lived here, I just don’t think that’s true. Yes, our Senators have been Dems for a long time. But our most popular governors in recent memory have been Republicans. Yes, I know our Republicans are not the red-meat conservatives that most who post on HA want, but fiscally, they’re quite conservative.

Tom Kean (R) – mid-80′s – Two terms, and quite popular
Jim Florio (D) – One term governor, who was so bad, that in his mid-terms, NJ elected so many Republicans in the legislature that we had veto-proof majorities in BOTH houses!
Christie Todd Whitman (R) – Two terms, and quite popular
Jim McGreevey (D) – Hard to say what would have happened, as he had to resign very early for fear of being outed.
Jon Corzine (D) – One term governor. Maybe the worst since I’ve lived here. At least Florio had to capitulate to veto-proof majorities in both houses, which moderated his liberal tendencies.

asc85 on August 19, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Great news, but that video preview was pointless. Yeah, we won, they lost. How about a message?

paul1149 on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Totally agree with your assessment. I thought it was pretty lame.

silvernana on August 19, 2010 at 10:06 PM

But he’s only at 51%. That’s disappointing. What does that mean for hi re-election chances?

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

What he’s trying to do up there is going to piss a lot of people off. I love him, cuz he understands that what he’s doing is necessary, even if it costs him re-election. We need more people like that. If you gotta destroy your career to save the state/country you love from fiscal destruction, you do it. Let the history books do the rest.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Yeah, I see what you mean. I like Christie and hope he can succeed, though I imagine that it’s going to be tough for him in such a deep-blue state.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 10:25 PM

this is clearly a sign of lack of understanding of NJ voter. Zero is going to do a Townhall to explain why we just dont understand how fookin great he is.

iam7545 on August 20, 2010 at 1:01 AM

OK, well Christie 2020 then.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Methinks the Palinistas fear Christie greatly

Bradky on August 20, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Great news, but that video preview was pointless. Yeah, we won, they lost. How about a message?

paul1149 on August 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM
Totally agree with your assessment. I thought it was pretty lame.

silvernana on August 19, 2010 at 10:06 PM

AP stated above, this is a preview….the RGA is putting together a 20 minute video. At the end it even said “Coming Soon”…..

atlgal on August 20, 2010 at 8:29 AM

OK, well Christie 2020 then.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM
Methinks the Palinistas fear Christie greatly

At this point I do not care. Pick one and lets go with it. Nothing can be worse then what we currently have in the oval office.

mechkiller_k on August 20, 2010 at 9:50 AM

What he’s trying to do up there is going to piss a lot of people off. I love him, cuz he understands that what he’s doing is necessary, even if it costs him re-election. We need more people like that. If you gotta destroy your career to save the state/country you love from fiscal destruction, you do it. Let the history books do the rest.

lorien1973 on August 19, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Ronald Reagan pissed a lot of people off, when he fired the union air-traffic controllers and moved against special privileges for UAW workers, and Republicans lost 26 House seats in 1982. But Reagan knew he had four years, and that his policies would cause private business to come roaring back before 1984, when a grateful nation re-elected him.

Governor Christie is also making tough choices on the state level that piss some people off, and he knows it. But he also has four years, and if New Jersey as a whole is more prosperous in 2013 than it was in 2009, he too will be re-elected by a grateful state. The fact that Christie’s numbers are rising this early in his term shows that New Jersey voters have caught on to what he’s trying to do, and some of them who remember Reagan are hopeful for brighter tomorrows in New Jersey.

Steve Z on August 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Methinks the Palinistas fear Christie greatly

Maybe the Palinistas, but probably not Palin herself. She’s a team player, and as Alaska’s Governor sent Alaska National Guard troops and equipment to Louisiana (with Gov. Jindal’s approval) as Hurricane Gustav was barreling down on New Orleans in 2008. If Gov. Christie makes a name for himself as a serious contender outside New Jersey by 2012, Palin might just back him as the best chance to defeat Obama, especially if he could win New Jersey’s electoral votes, which no Republican has won since Reagan in 1984.

But we’re not there yet, and maybe Christie could help in 2010 by campaigning for Republican House candidates in NJ.

Steve Z on August 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM

OK, well Christie 2020 then.

ddrintn on August 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Methinks the Palinistas fear Christie greatly

Bradky on August 20, 2010 at 7:03 AM

I don’t fear Christie. He’d make a good president. Methinks the hermit crabs fear Palin greatly. Now you can go back into your shell until the next Palin thread.

ddrintn on August 21, 2010 at 8:14 AM