Poll of NJ voters: Chris Christie is more leader than bully

posted at 6:41 pm on July 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As much as he’s criticized for some of his infamously bombastic and aggressive tendencies, which some might deem unbecoming of a state executive, New Jersey Chris Christie must be doing something right. Not only is he enjoying high favorability ratings among his constituents on his overall job performance as a governor, but it looks like at least a slight majority of New Jerseyans can appreciate the qualities of a strong and forthright leader when they see ‘em. According to the latest poll, more New Jersey voters described Gov. Christie as a leader rather than a bully — although he has lost a few points on that scale in the interval since April, during which time he’s had a few well-publicized spats.

Fifty percent of voters surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll described Gov. Chris Christie as a leader, compared to 45% who said he was a bully. The “leader” rating is down slightly from April, when 54% said Christie was a leader and 39% said he was a bully. …

“Gov. Christopher Christie’s squabble on the Seaside boardwalk – shades of Snooki! – underlined his pugnacious ‘Jersey Guy’ image with some voters, who volunteered that he’s a bully. But most of his fellow New Jerseyans call him a leader,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, wrote in a release accompanying the poll’s release. …

As Jazz wondered a couple of weeks back, Gov. Christie’s confrontational style generally seems to float New Jerseyans’ boats, but would it really fare well on the national arena if he were Mitt Romney’s running mate? (Heck, forget the national arena — what about the international arena if he were to become the United States’ vice president?) His constituents, at least, don’t seem to think it’s the greatest idea:

Christie, who declined to make his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination, would be a bad choice for Mitt Romney’s running mate, a majority of the New Jersey voters said. Fifty-three percent said he’d make a bad vice presidential choice, and 40% said he would make a good pick.

And of course, Christie has said he wouldn’t say no to the opportunity if Romney did select him as his running mate, and maybe what Romney really needs on his ticket is a take-no-prisoners, make-no-apologies champion like Christie — although it seems like lately the speculation has largely moved away from Christie and more toward safer candidates like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and now former Secretary of State Condi Rice, and etcetera. But honestly, despite all the buzz, does anybody really know except for the inner circles of Team Romney? Perhaps they’ll put us all out of our silly-season misery soon enough.


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CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I have a question.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

?

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

1st

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

In lameness?

peski on July 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Why is there no more Ed Morrisey show?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Chris Christie is a typical New Jersey loudmouth.

bw222 on July 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Sorry about the misspelling Ed.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The popularity of this absurdly proportioned bombaster shows that the American public hungers not for politicians with empty, vague, watered-down generic bi-partisanal platitudes, but for flame-spitting aggresive PERSONALITIES. There is way too much fakeness, procedure, and “dignified” posturing in current American politics.

Maybe it sounds like the WWE, but if it was people would pay more attention and at least know about their so-called representatives.

Furthermore Christie hasn’t even done anything besides run his mouth, and behaved as a textbook big government East Coast Republican. And yet he’s still popular.
Protip, pollis: get a personality.

Daikokuco on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Ok, but the main thing is he’s more RINO than conservative.
Maybe conservative for a Northeastern Repub, but the NEastern Repubs are over-represented and out of line with the rest of the country, with the vast majority of conservatives.
So many issues he takes a left-leaning stance. Lets highlight just one of them where the BULLY seems to come in to play — AGAINST conservatives. It’s his aggressive agreement with the leftists on climate change. He doesn’t have any qualms about expressing his disdain for the rest of us (a Pew poll showed that now only 19% of Repubs believe in man-made global warmming). He and Huntsman didn’t seem to have gotten the message. Climate change serves as the central justification for Obama’s all of the above war on energy; that’s a main reason why this issue is a virtual litmus test for conservatives. Christie fails.

anotherJoe on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why is there no more Ed Morrisey show?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Could it be because AP is gone right now and he has to cover other things? When is AP coming back btw?

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Chris Christie, friend to Muslims everywhere, lover of Sharia Law, fierce opponent and hater of America’s Second Amendment. Let New Jersey keep him.

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I hope thats it. Yeah, thats gotta be it, right?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Sorry Erika I forgot to call OT. My apologies. Back to reading.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Would the people of New Jersey be willing to swap governors with California? We’d even throw in a Bullet Train!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Could it be because AP is gone right now and he has to cover other things? When is AP coming back btw?

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Well, first he has to figure out hows to get out of the laundry chute at his hotel (Don’t ask what he’s doing in the laundry chute) then he has to find his wallet, which means finding his pants, because hopefully his wallet is still in his pants.

Then he has to find a drugstore because by this time his head is really killing him (Allahpundit still doesn’t understand that whole never mix Jagermeister with any other alcohol thing) And hopefully by the time he gets enough aspirin in him to fix his head, he’ll have figured out which state he is in, and where the nearest Airport is.

So, I’m going to go with… He just might make it back, oh round Tuesday of next week…

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Nice read.

But where is AllahPundit???

Lawdawg86 on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Huh? I guess there isn’t much to comment on here except to say. Down Twinkles to Christie as VP. He makes exactly the kind of Governor NJ deserves and needs.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

But where is AllahPundit???

Lawdawg86 on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Vacation through the 23rd, Lawdawg86.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Would the people of New Jersey be willing to swap governors with California? We’d even throw in a Bullet Train!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

As a resident of the Once Great State of California I must say that that suggestion makes me weep. Mostly on a count of Chris Christie being a Liberal RINO, but at least being Fiscally Conservative, which California really really needs.(The Fiscally Conservative, not the Liberal RINO)

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

If Christie doesn’t get the VP slot, maybe he can bring his state as well as the Senate seat and/or a House seat or 2 along to the R column.

It would be great to see Chirstie as SoState and watch him match wits the all the potentates of the world.

KenInIL on July 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

But where is AllahPundit???

Lawdawg86 on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Vacation through the 23rd, Lawdawg86.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

ROTFLMAO… OMG… For some strange reason I read that as “Vatican until the 23rd” Now there is a conspiracy theory for Hot Gas folks to sink their teeth into… Allahpundit is really a secret Jesuit Blogging Ninja who has been called back to the Vatican for special extra Blogging Ninja training…

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This fasto presides over a 9.2% unemployment rate and still manages to have a 54% approval rating?

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Allah at the Vatican. LOL! Second coming?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Can we please stop giving this gun-grabber so much attention? Please?

Dunedainn on July 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

7:19 PM

Suck what?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

This fasto presides over a 9.2% unemployment rate and still manages to have a 54% approval rating?

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Reminds me of Obama when you put it that way.

sharrukin on July 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Chris Christie can come across as brash and somewhat bullying, but he’s a good fit for a state like New Jersey, where there has been so much corruption and outright theft by the previous Governors McGreevey and Corzine that Christie comes across as a loudmouthed straight-shooter.

But Christie’s brashness could rub some voters the wrong way in the Midwest, so he would not be a good VP pick for Romney, although he might be able to help Romney be competitive in New Jersey, or campaign with Romney in the Philadelphia suburbs, who usually get coverage of New Jersey by the Philly TV stations.

Steve Z on July 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I think you nailed it. That’s gotta be it. What a perfect place to hide, the Vatican.

And all this time I thought Allah was on the Jersey Shore showing off his nipple rings, that is if Allah really exists and is not Ed’s Altar ego.

Get it? Altar, as in church Altar.

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

This fasto presides over a 9.2% unemployment rate and still manages to have a 54% approval rating?

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Fasto, huh?

Bishop on July 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

So you immediately resort to name calling? Being a leftist sure is easy.

nobar on July 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

This fasto presides over a 9.2% unemployment rate and still manages to have a 54% approval rating?

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Would you like to know if fasto has a virginia?

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Allah at the Vatican. LOL! Second coming?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Maybe the Pope will make Allah a Bishop.

Then we would have two on HotAir.

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

This fasto presides over a 9.2% unemployment rate and still manages to have a 54% approval rating?

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

The dunce in the White House is presiding over 8.2% and violates the individual citizen’s prosperity to a degree unseen in decades in America,and still has almost 50%.

Not sure what you’re upset about.

Are you made that Obama doesn’t have a higher approval rating?

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Do I hear whinnying? Someone give Uppereastside his favorite hankerchief.

You’d think that a mover and shaker like that could learn to use a SPELLCHECK.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Can we please stop giving this gun-grabber so much attention? Please?

Dunedainn on July 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Yes, let’s not pay attention to GOP governors who are kicking ass in blue states.

Let’s instead focus on (fill in the blank).

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Allah at the Vatican. LOL! Second coming?

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Maybe the Pope will make Allah a Bishop.

Then we would have two on HotAir.

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Or better yet a Cardinal, then we would have a Bishop and a Cardinal here… ;p

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I’m gratified to see the Governor standing up for Voter ID laws and moving to help keep U.S. elections clean and legitimate.

The DoJ should apologize for all of these spurious lawsuits against states that have moved to make sure that no legitimate voter is disenfranchised by a illegitimate voter casting a ballot.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I like the Big Guy. Calls it like he sees it.

Dingbat63 on July 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Ok, but the main thing is he’s more RINO than conservative.
Maybe conservative for a Northeastern Repub, but the NEastern Repubs are over-represented and out of line with the rest of the country, with the vast majority of conservatives.
So many issues he takes a left-leaning stance. Lets highlight just one of them where the BULLY seems to come in to play — AGAINST conservatives. It’s his aggressive agreement with the leftists on climate change. He doesn’t have any qualms about expressing his disdain for the rest of us (a Pew poll showed that now only 19% of Repubs believe in man-made global warmming). He and Huntsman didn’t seem to have gotten the message. Climate change serves as the central justification for Obama’s all of the above war on energy; that’s a main reason why this issue is a virtual litmus test for conservatives. Christie fails.

anotherJoe on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

He may be a man-made climate change believer, but he also understands economics. He pulled us out of RGGI because it was bad business sense. So he doesn’t worship at the altar of GAIA the way you portrayed him.

njrob on July 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012

…this one isn’t even a good social sexual disease anymore…maybe we should ignore this ‘virginia‘ from now on…so it can stimulate itself with rubber toys elsewhere… every time we respond?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I don’t know. Christie always looks to me like one of those union thugs. I think Romney can do better than that.

although it seems like lately the speculation has largely moved away from Christie and more toward safer candidates like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Jindal safe?? From what I have seen, he is one of the most competent and contentious(to the Obama administration) possible VP picks in the running.
Now, Portman and Pawlenty, I can see them as “safe” picks. No passion. Just like they are doing politics by the numbers.

Sterling Holobyte on July 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Weebles wobble but they don’t get VP. Sorry, it shouldn’t matter but it does. In this day and age you won’t get on the national ticket if you’re shaped like Weeble Man. No more WH Tafts are possible. Christie could turn this to his advantage in the coming 2nd Obama term and win over many new voters by becoming a Weight Watchers spokes-mountain. Then after he’s all svelte make a run for the top spot in 2016. If we still bother to have elections.

Second Obama term? Yes. Too possible not to consider. Polls are dead heat! (Who are these people?!) and in a close contest vote fraud is the tie-breaker. Worked for Kennedy over Nixon. With Democrats it’s a time-honored institution. These numbers don’t turn up in the early polls, which would be any poll earlier than election day.

curved space on July 18, 2012 at 7:12 AM