Christie starts re-election effort with 72% approval rating

posted at 8:51 am on November 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Republicans in other states may not be too happy with Chris Christie’s embrace of Barack Obama during the response to Hurricane Sandy, but they are in New Jersey — and they’re not alone.  As the Garden State governor starts working on his re-election bid, Quinnipiac’s latest poll shows Christie with a 72% approval rating — and even a majority approval rating among Democrats:

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie did an “excellent” or “good” job responding to Hurricane Sandy, 95 percent of Garden State voters say, as they give the governor a 72 – 21 percent approval rating, the highest score Quinnipiac University ever measured for a New Jersey governor, according to a poll released today.

Today’s score tops Christie’s previous high 59 – 36 percent job approval in an April 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Even Democrats approve of the Republican governor 52 – 39 percent.

Christie rates even higher on his work with Obama during the hurricane’s aftermath:

Voters approve 84 – 12 percent, including 69 – 28 percent among Republicans, of Christie’s praise for President Barack Obama’s actions after Sandy. …

“Gov. Christopher Christie never looked more like a ‘Jersey Guy’ than when he stood on the Seaside boardwalk after Sandy, and, just about unanimously, his New Jersey neighbors – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – applauded,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

At least one year out, Christie has no apparent weak spots in the demographics. He scores a 55% approval rating from black voters, and 66% among Hispanics. Democrats won’t break 52/39 to Christie in an election, obviously, but they will have trouble convincing women to switch away, 70% of whom approve of Christie’s performance at the moment.  The lowest rating in the age demographics is among 18-29YOs, who approve of Christie’s performance 65/25.

A lot of things can change in a year, however.  Don’t forget that George H. W. Bush had approval ratings in the 80s after the conclusion of hostilities in Iraq in 1991, and the next year couldn’t even get 40% of the vote.  Still, those kind of numbers will be hard for the eventual Democratic nominee to overcome.  Most presume Newark mayor Cory Booker will challenge Christie, but if Christie’s approval ratings remain high, Booker might want to wait another four years.


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Its all bomber jackets and big chairs folks.

tom daschle concerned on November 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well.. I’m glad Christie got something for selling his soul to the devil.

Illinidiva on November 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Good for him, hopefully New Jersey re elects him. Then if he wants to run for President let him. He’d be interesting to have in the debates. He could be like the Gingrich of these past debates, calling out moderators.

dernst2 on November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Unstinkinbelievable. I’m surrounded by idiots.

Naturally Curly on November 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The fat Charlie Crist known as Chris Christie can go straight to hell, for all I care.

bluegill on November 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The over stuffed gun grabbing carbon taxing muzzie loving sausage calzone should just change his party to democrat.

Reason no. 989 not to give one penny to the RNC.

Mr. Arrogant on November 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Mission accomplished!

SAZMD on November 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

After Chris Christie dissed Romney and heaped praise on Obama a week before the election, Democrats couldn’t stop praising Chris Christie. Suddenly, to them, he was the only reasonable Republican out there. It was all over the news as the headlines blared, “look, even a top Republican admits that Obama is doing an excellent job!”

bluegill on November 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Remember, the media loved John McCain for a while too, and for the same reason.

stenwin77 on November 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Good for him, hopefully New Jersey re elects him. Then if he wants to run for President let him. He’d be interesting to have in the debates. He could be like the Gingrich of these past debates, calling out moderators.

dernst2 on November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Christie is just as likely to call out the others on the stage as he is to call out moderators. That’s his schtick… He’s a big fat tough guy

Timin203 on November 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Good. HE keeps the pieces of filth known as the NJ Democrats/Corzineites at bay, and that’s all I care about as a Jersey resident.

Good Lt on November 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Wait until these Joisey-ites get a real Democrat to vote for. Then it will be “Christie who?”

Sekhmet on November 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Criticism of him is rightfully done.

However, look at where he is at. Conservatives aren’t exactly the majority in NJ, even though we all like to think that philosophy prevails the majority of the US. He is the only type of repub to get elected up there: one that praises a dem over a repub.

That is why he is a delta-bravo and will be forever known as one.

LaughterJones on November 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Now I understand why New Yorkers make fun of New Jersey.

Clink on November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

You ain’t just whistling Dixie.

Man a livin’ live this is depressing. Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers gave their lives for our right to vote and THIS is what we use our right for?!

MelonCollie on November 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Well,

It’s nice that he’s employable somewhere because his disgusting slobbering over the rat-eared wonder and subsequent dissing of the GOP nominee has made the fat liberal bastard utterly dead to the national party (not that the fat commie had much real potential as a nominee for high office in the first place).

But in any case, what Christie did really is unpardonable but nobody ever accused NJ Republicans of being anything more than commie-lites.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Wait til Bruce Springsteen turns on him.

DaydreamBeliever on November 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAH………… The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor the Crack Spider

SWalker on November 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Well.. I’m glad Christie got something for selling his soul to the devil.

Illinidiva on November 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

HAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on November 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

However, look at where he is at. Conservatives aren’t exactly the majority in NJ, even though we all like to think that philosophy prevails the majority of the US. He is the only type of repub to get elected up there: one that praises a dem over a repub.

That is why he is a delta-bravo and will be forever known as one.

LaughterJones on November 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

There is a difference between thanking the rat-eared wonder for the federal response (even though it was inadequate) and that bromance that made it clear Christie was really endorsing the Democrat. His subsequent dissing of the Romney campaign made it clear that he is a rat bastard traitor albeit a rat too fat to go down just any hole.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Just call him Jingles, those 30 pieces of silver are spread evenly through his pockets.

Bishop on November 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Most presume Newark mayor Cory Booker will challenge Christie, but if Christie’s approval ratings remain high, Booker might want to wait another four years.
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Speaking of Booker!

LGBT activists urge Newark mayor to challenge GOP governor Chris Christie
Filed: Monday, November 26, 2012
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TRENTON, N.J. — LGBT activists are pledging support for Newark mayor Cory Booker should he decided to run for Governor of New Jersey, and the head of the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group promised to go “door-to-door” to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

Democratic party strategists note that Christie handed the party a campaign issue by vetoing a same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, and that the LGBT community contributed millions of dollars to same-sex ballot measures nationally that produced historic victories in four states and helped re-elect President Barack Obama.(More…)
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canopfor on November 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Sekhmet on November 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Not quite – I’ve seen too much evidence of Christie’s genuine popularity among my Democrat friends. They like him because he has done what he said he would do – cut spending and stand strong against the teachers’ union.

On the other hand, they all like Cory Booker too, and if he is the Dem nominee, most of them will turn their backs on Christie.

It’s all about Booker at this point, and whether he runs for governor or Senate.

Priscilla on November 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

If he doesn’t start losing half of himself, he might not live to see his “re-election”.
Maybe Michelle can give him some diet pointers…oh wait….

redlucy on November 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The whale, otherwise known as Gov. Chris Christie, will be running for reelection without my support and my vote, though I probably won’t go as far as to vote for a Democrat.

New Jersey news have it as Cory Booker wants to run for Lautenberg’s seat, as the old ghoul will likely croak up or retire to his crypt by then. He’ll be pretty much a shoe-in; Republican bench in New Jersey is shorter than a list of Obama’s moral principles.

Archivarix on November 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

CHRIST Christie photo op with our Lord and Saviour Barack Obama turns him into a sure re-elect?

Must have been the anointing rubbing off……….but whose was it?

PappyD61 on November 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Remember, the media loved John McCain for a while too, and for the same reason.

stenwin77 on November 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Christie is going to run into the same problems that Rudy Giuliani did in trying to go national, in that things that you do to make the moderates in your city/state happy come back to bite you on the national stage, even moreso today in a world of YouTube videos that will make his early November PR efforts with Obama a featured part of the 2016 primary campaign, if he chooses to run.

It might win his re-election, at it might turn him into the John McCain/Jon Huntsman of 2016 in terms of effusive media love … at least during the primary season. But if Christie opts for a presidential run not just as a I-can-get-along-with-Democrats type of Republican, but as a pushy I-can-get-along-with-Democrats type of Republican, he really runs the risk of making voters in the rest of the country not think of Giuliani as much as thinking of the current mayor of New York, who ran on the GOP line, worked with Democrats and has spent the past decade insulting anyone who didn’t agree with him. Even Ann Coulter might not find that type of candidate packaging of her favorite governor viable.

jon1979 on November 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The vast majority of New Jersey Republicans would be considered Democrats elsewhere in the country.

ButterflyDragon on November 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I hope Booker runs against him and Obama personally shows up to campaign enthusiastically for Booker. It’d be delightful to see the look of shock on Christie’s mug when he realizes that now that Bambi doesn’t need him anymore he’s moved onto a younger thinner model.

SoRight on November 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

No, Booker is not running for Governor. He will run for Senate.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Now I understand why New Yorkers make fun of New Jersey.

Clink on November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Trust me, nobody makes fun of Soprano States like the locals.

Q: Why are all Manhattanites so pessimistic?
A: Because for them, the light at the end of tunnel is New Jersey.

Archivarix on November 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

christie looks like he’s about to grab and swallow the old lady.

renalin on November 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Bully for him, I guess. Hope he’s not counting on Republicans elsewhere to help his bid…I certainly won’t be.

changer1701 on November 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Rejecting the Giuliani’s, Christie’s, Huntsman’s are precisely why the GOP are LOSERS. All were/are extreme successful at governing. It’s hilarious to watch you people denigrate a candidate who could pull in independents, blue dogs, and hispanics. When they are inaugurating Hillary Clinton in 4 years, I will be LOL’ing even louder at the party.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Unstinkinbelievable. I’m surrounded by idiots.

Naturally Curly on November 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Nah, New Jersey is just a deep blue state. There’s no getting around that. CRISTie may have unwittingly torpedoed any shot he had at the 2016 nomination(assuming he even wants to run), but sucking up to Obama in front of the cameras was a wise short-term move with regard to his reelection prospects within that state.

That’s fine with me though. I don’t want CRISTie as our nominee in 2016 and that likely won’t happen. But I also want Cory Booker’s future stifled as much as possible(you know the Dems would love to run him for President someday) and the fat man’s reelection as governor will help in that regard.

Doughboy on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

There is a reason NJ Tea Party members refer to him as Governor Zeppelin.

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Good for him, hopefully New Jersey re elects him. Then if he wants to run for President let him. He’d be interesting to have in the debates. He could be like the Gingrich of these past debates, calling out moderators.

dernst2 on November 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The man should be shunned like a plague by the Republican party for what he did to us few days before the elections… He has contributed to Obama re-election more than anything else… The fat bastard can go and f*** himself…

mnjg on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Strange, dismissive rhetoric coming from a “Romney supporter”. Hmmm.

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

So let me get this article straight as a conservative, it’s ok to lend aid and comfort to re-elect a commie democrat because your poll numbers will go up, the liberal media will french kiss you and the GOP establishment will have their northeast liberal.

Spear my the rehabilitation crap, what “fat” Christie did was treasonist. Giving Obama free photo opts was only done to help him win the election. You didn’t see Bloomberg or Coumo in NY do it, you didn’t see McDonnal in Va do it, only that obese piece of sh*t.

Pillsbury doughboy Christie is a cancer to conservatives.

By the way, everytime I see him on TV it’s uncomfortable looking at how fat he is. He can’t even see his shoes!If he can’t control something as personal as his weight what makes you think he can control spending in government, etc.

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Who’s he talking to, Mrs. Claus?

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Other than having an ‘R’ after his name and the occassional dig at state teachers unions, Christie doesn’t appear to display any useful conservative Republican tendancies. That the press likes him is a pretty good sign he’s terrible.

RobertE on November 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

There is a reason NJ Tea Party members refer to him as Governor Zeppelin.

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

kingsjester:Oh the humanity….!(sarc):)

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Rejecting the Giuliani’s, Christie’s, Huntsman’s are precisely why the GOP are LOSERS. All were/are extreme successful at governing. It’s hilarious to watch you people denigrate a candidate who could pull in independents, blue dogs, and hispanics. When they are inaugurating Hillary Clinton in 4 years, I will be LOL’ing even louder at the party.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Christie betrayed the whole Republican party few days before the elections… We do not need and do not want his type… Regarding Guiliani he ran for primaries and did not win a single state… Huntsman did not score more than 2% support when he ran in the primaries…

mnjg on November 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Sandy hit Jersey because it sucks so hard.

MechanicalBill on November 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Oops,my bad,forgot da linky!

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/11/lgbt-activists-urge-newark-mayor-to-challenge-gop-governor-chris-christie/

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:24 AM

First, Cory Booker doesn’t look like one who’s much into LGBTQ.

And second, the idea of an LGBTQ activist showing at my doorstep warms my cockles. New Jersey has extremely limited Castle doctrine but a bunch of pervs banging up my door should qualify.

Archivarix on November 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

yes folks, Jersey Sucks Hard.

ToddPA on November 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I wonder if the people without power in Hoboken will vote for him.

faraway on November 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yeah, screw him. Can you believe the guy who gave the keynote speech at the convention was the same guy effusively heaping praise on Obama for his “help” with the storm? What the hell did Obama do? Take a picture and promise to send a check? What a piece of crap. I’d vote for Huntsman over him now.

Booker will probably get elected anyway. At least Cory is a stand-up guy (mostly). How many of you wouldn’t swap out Obama for Booker as president in a nanosecond? At least he wasn’t raised by a card-carrying communist and doesn’t hate this country, by all accounts.

The Count on November 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I think Gov. Christie is doing a great job for N.J.. I’m just not interested in moving there or having him represent me on a national level.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Speaking of Sandy damage, I don’t hear much on the news. What is up and moving again? Does N.Y. have subways? How many people are without electricity still? At the risk of being redundant, I don’t think this is the coverage I would be getting if a Republican was in the WH.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Rejecting the Giuliani’s, Christie’s, Huntsman’s are precisely why the GOP are LOSERS. All were/are extreme successful at governing. It’s hilarious to watch you people denigrate a candidate who could pull in independents, blue dogs, and hispanics. When they are inaugurating Hillary Clinton in 4 years, I will be LOL’ing even louder at the party.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

If Rudy was such a great candidate, why did he crash and burn in Florida and then drop out and endorse McCain the next day? It’s not just about governing and job performance. You also have to be a good campaigner. Just ask Rick Perry if you don’t believe me.

As for Huntsman, dude worked for the Obama Administration and then decided to run for the GOP nomination in order to oppose his former boss in the general election. Loyalty questions aside, you don’t think that might’ve been used against Huntsman and the Republican ticket in the campaign by the Dems? It would’ve been portrayed as a defacto endorsement of Obama and would’ve doomed his candidacy.

Regarding CRISTie, 2016 hasn’t been decided yet. Dude has every right to run for President if he so chooses, but he’s gonna have a very hard time mending fences with the conservative base after the Obama tongue bath. Politics is perception and a lot of us believe CRISTie’s public embrace of Obama cost Romney dearly in the last week of the campaign. I’m not sure what he can say or do to make amends, particularly given how deep the bench is for 2016.

Doughboy on November 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Other than having an ‘R’ after his name and the occassional dig at state teachers unions, Christie doesn’t appear to display any useful conservative Republican tendancies. That the press likes him is a pretty good sign he’s terrible.

RobertE on November 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Well, I think he understands fiscal conservatism to a certain extent, and his blunt style helps get that message across. We probably need more of that, frankly…instead of just using numbers, we just need to TELL people this is nuts, connect the dots for them as he does. And few Republicans go after teacher’s unions and the like as he has, which is a good thing.

Still, you don’t slobber all over the opposition party’s candidate for President days before the general election, talking up his leadership and his willingness to work together when a lot of the entire Republican argument against the guy consisted of convincing people he lacked those qualities. Period. He sold out Romney, as well as the rest of us who waited four years to be able to get rid of Obama, all for his own glory and self-interest. That’s unforgivable.

changer1701 on November 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Who knew that being in power was so easy? Kiss up to the Obamanation, the worst president ever and you get instant success. Dang! Even I could be President. Stupid, stupid, people.

BetseyRoss on November 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Notice how the RINO mullahs are throwing all these liberals at us since the election in preparation for 2016; Christie, Jeb Bush, etc..

They are trying to pick our candidate again for us. How about articles on Palin, Mike Lee, Jim Demint etc.. No can’t do that they are too conservative.

The mullahs at the RNC, McConnal, Boner, Rove, DICK morris, etc. are destroying the GOP.

IF you honestly think conservatives will vote for Christie or Jeb Bush your crazy. No wonder we get Romneycare, mcCain, Dole etc.

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Just because he’s up in the polls now doesn’t mean squat. Booker will run his campaign just like Obummer. They’ve got the play book down pat. The Jersey shore suck up to the Won after the storm will be long forgotten by the what have you done for me lately group.

Kissmygrits on November 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

By the way, everytime I see him on TV it’s uncomfortable looking at how fat he is. He can’t even see his shoes!If he can’t control something as personal as his weight what makes you think he can control spending in government, etc.

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I’ve always thought that his morbid obesity alone is enough to disqualify him from national office…

Priscilla on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Speaking of Sandy damage, I don’t hear much on the news. What is up and moving again? Does N.Y. have subways? How many people are without electricity still? At the risk of being redundant, I don’t think this is the coverage I would be getting if a Republican was in the WH.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

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canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Booker is an absolute superstar. He will be a presidential nominee at some point. His personality, intelligence, charisma, speaking ability, and education is off the charts. 2016 is too early, but you never know. VP for Hillary? Christie is very popular and showed his bi-partisanship by telling the truth that Obama did a great job with Sandy. At this point, trashing Christie would hurt the Booker brand so I do not see him running unless Christie’s popularity drops.

ZippyZ on November 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Christie is asking the legislature this year for a 10% cut in state income tax rates. He is continuing with education reform and that is very popular. The state workforce has declined significantly since he became Governor, mostly from retirements after he got his pension reform bill passed. This is what Republican governors should be doing.

rockmom on November 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

If Booker runs Christie has no chance. A real Democrat will always beat a moderate Republican in a 51% taker world in a predominantly Democrat state.

ironked on November 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I ain’t votin’ for him.

SAMinVA on November 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Thanks for the update friend..:)

Dire Straits on November 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Just because he’s up in the polls now doesn’t mean squat. Booker will run his campaign just like Obummer. They’ve got the play book down pat. The Jersey shore suck up to the Won after the storm will be long forgotten by the what have you done for me lately group.

Kissmygrits on November 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Booker actually likes being mayor of Newark. He may surprise people and keep that job for a while.

It didn’t make national headlines, but Booker realllly pissed off the Democratic establishment in Newark recently with a strong-arm move to get his own person installed as a replacement for a City Council member. He’s got a civil war on his hands locally now, and may not survive it, at least not in time to mount any kind of campaign for Governor.

National Democrats are also suspicious of him after the Bain Capital incident.

rockmom on November 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Priscilla on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Priscilla I so agree with you.

By the way, the liberal media makes it sound as though Christie is popular. Do you realize he got elected with only 48.5% of the vote. That if not for a third party candidate he would have lost.

I’m guessing, nuxt year Christie again won’t hit 50%.

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I think Gov. Christie is doing a great job for N.J.. I’m just not interested in moving there or having him represent me on a national level.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Exactly. Christie is looking out for New Jersey and, let’s face it.. for himself. He’s doing a good job on both counts. It’s not like New Jersey is going to elect a conservative anyhow, and what they’ve got in Christie beats the daylights out of what they had in Corzine.

All that said, I don’t think he’ll ever be forgiven for knifing Romney in the back just days before the most important election this country has seen in decades. Frankly, I don’t believe we’ll ever recover from Obama’s government expansion. I think it destroys the founding philosophy and leaves us as any other European-styled socialist state, nothing special, nothing “exceptional” from here on out. And for that, he should NOT be forgiven or embraced at the national level.

He’s a smart guy. Today’s approval numbers show it. But what he did was immoral. You don’t go around the country publicly supporting your party’s candidate and then gush like a school girl over his opponent right before the polls open. Not unless you think you’ve got something to gain… and there’s the payoff right there in black and white, plain as day.

Murf76 on November 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Why do we get so upset about the behavior of politicians? They are chameleons and will change their appearance to fit the time and the environment. Regardless of Party they’ll say anything and do anything to preserve themselves. Christie is just another politician.

rplat on November 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Why do we get so upset about the behavior of politicians? They are chameleons and will change their appearance to fit the time and the environment. Regardless of Party they’ll say anything and do anything to preserve themselves. Christie is just another politician.

rplat on November 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I expect it’s because sometimes we let ourselves believe.

I’m one of those who got snookered in, believing Christie was the exception to the rule. You just can’t be truly disappointed in someone unless you had some faith in them. I suspect that the reason people are so bitter about Christie’s duplicity is that they had initially seen him as something special, much like I did.

Murf76 on November 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Just because he’s up in the polls now doesn’t mean squat.

More poll denial. You people will never learn. I gotta get out of your. All of you are political losers. Independency, here I come.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

My opinion; Christie knew that if Romneycare, a republican was elected president, he had no chance of re-election next year. Party in power always loses mide term elections. Thus when sandy hit, he helped the democrat win so next year he had a better chance to win.

So my view, tubby, put personal ambition over the country.

Next time I hear the fat man screaming at some powerless nobody for a photo opt moment, I’ll always remember the Obama help he gave.

By the way, christie is permanently damages, if he ever decided to run for president all any challenger has to do in the primaries is run commercials of him and Obama at that joint press photo opt french kissing each other.

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

More poll denial. You people will never learn. I gotta get out of your. All of you are political losers. Independency, here I come.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Don’t let the screen door hit ya.

“Romney supporter”. Yeah, right.

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

More poll denial. You people will never learn. I gotta get out of your. All of you are political losers. Independency, here I come.

rubberneck on November 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

No one’s denying this poll’s validity. But you can’t argue with history. The example of Bush 41(and Bush 43 for that matter) seeing poll numbers in the high 80′s plummet right before his next election is worth noting. New Jersey may be happy with CRISTie right now in the aftermath of Sandy, but if their economy sputters or if they’re hit by tax hikes over the next year, the voters may not remain so supportive.

Doughboy on November 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Booker is an absolute superstar. He will be a presidential nominee at some point. His personality, intelligence, charisma, speaking ability, and education is off the charts. 2016 is too early, but you never know. VP for Hillary? Christie is very popular and showed his bi-partisanship by telling the truth that Obama did a great job with Sandy. At this point, trashing Christie would hurt the Booker brand so I do not see him running unless Christie’s popularity drops.

ZippyZ on November 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

***Booker would bring NOTHING to the Democrat ticket.

The Dems have a lock on both demographics he would affect. New Jersey and the Northeast which are solidly Democrat (aka American Communist) and Minority voters (99.9999999% which vote for Dems).

PappyD61 on November 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

My worry with Christie is that after he wins re-election in NJ and makes the inevitable push for POTUS in ’16, he gets castigated (albeit rightly so) in the primary process to the point where he either (a) runs as an Indie or (b) goes rogue and becomes a media darling BLASTING the GOP and conservatives every chance he can get on tv. His ego is big and fat enough where I could see him doing either of these things.

That’s why part of me hopes Booker runs and defeats him, effectively killing him dead as a credible candidate. However, the other part of me recognizes that he’s as good as it gets in NJ and hopes that he just stays focused on there and out of the national scene.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

canopfor on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

For some reason commercially owned things get cleared and built back faster, I bet that will annoy the heck out of the homeowners. Most of the time it is because they are needed to supply the area but sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Other than having an ‘R’ after his name and the occassional dig at state teachers unions, Christie doesn’t appear to display any useful conservative Republican tendancies. That the press likes him is a pretty good sign he’s terrible. RobertE on November 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

And the minute he became the GOP nominee he’d be savaged by the leftist press like any other GOP nominee.

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Danielvito on November 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

You can’t say these folks are slow learners, why tamper with success?/////////////////////////////////////

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

For some reason commercially owned things get cleared and built back faster, I bet that will annoy the heck out of the homeowners. Most of the time it is because they are needed to supply the area but sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair. Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Commercial policies usually carry business interruption coverage, so the insurers try to get the business up and running ASAP to keep those payouts down.

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

***Booker would bring NOTHING to the Democrat ticket.

The Dems have a lock on both demographics he would affect. New Jersey and the Northeast which are solidly Democrat (aka American Communist) and Minority voters (99.9999999% which vote for Dems).

PappyD61 on November 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Eh, I do think there will be a dip amongst these demographics with Barry not on the ticket. I’m not sure someone like Booker makes up the difference, but he could cushion the blow. If Hillary is the nominee, she will definitely have a minority on the ticket. Book it.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

He will only enjoy this success until Jamie Foxx’s next lord and savior, black Jesus 2.0 (aka Corey Booker) decides to run. Then they will treat him the way a fat kid treats broccoli. Something Benedict Christie can relate to.Thrown him out!

Rockshine on November 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Murf76 on November 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Maybe he will turn sharply to the right after reelection. That will be fun to watch.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I didn’t know that, makes sense. When we first moved to our current location it was kind of rural and in a boom. It would take them four months to build a house and a week (I am really exaggerating) to build a Burger King. Still, I imagine that they have access to support that the average homeowner couldn’t begin to afford since they aren’t going to make money out of the build.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

“Maybe he will turn sharply to the right after reelection. That will be fun to watch.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM”

Oh, he definitely will. But he will not be able to run away from his record and love tap of Barry.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’m really not attempting to defend Christie with the whole Obama/Sandy display…but I did wonder if Christie, as a Romney surrogate, might have been attempting to show how Republicans can put aside political differences when it’s important to work together to get things done. Romney always attempted to convince voters that he had that ability as well, as a result of being a Republican governor in a blue state. Could Christie possibly have been trying to prove that Republicans are truly the fence menders, that would be able to end the never ending partisan battles? Is there any chance there may have been a good intention that backfired? Or am I really reaching?

lynncgb on November 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

“Is there any chance there may have been a good intention that backfired? Or am I really reaching?

lynncgb on November 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM”

REALLY reaching.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Eh, I do think there will be a dip amongst these demographics with Barry not on the ticket. I’m not sure someone like Booker makes up the difference, but he could cushion the blow. If Hillary is the nominee, she will definitely have a minority on the ticket. Book it.
cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I expect Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick to be the Dems nominee for Preezy in 2016. They have sold their souls and tax payers dollars to buy votes of minorities. Now that isn’t just good enough. Blacks won’t except another old white face as their leader and support them in the same numbers they did for Barack O’Claus. At some point they may need to change their name to the Black and Brown party as all politics become race based in the future. They may throw a token white women on the ticket to appease the young and single white woman vote. Of course there will continue to be enough white guilt liberals to go along with this for awhile.

Rockshine on November 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

@Rockshine. Oh I hope it’s Deval. He is a HUGE lightweight in comparison to Barry. Keep in mind that he probably would have lost at least one of his runs for governor had a 3rd party candidate not run.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Speaking of Sandy damage, I don’t hear much on the news. What is up and moving again? Does N.Y. have subways? How many people are without electricity still? At the risk of being redundant, I don’t think this is the coverage I would be getting if a Republican was in the WH.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I talked to a guy in my home town who works for the electric company (in Kansas) and some of the people he works with went to the north east to help, and were turned away because they weren’t union. (We all knew this already, I realize). He also said that some of the people up there won’t get their power on until the end of December. He didn’t mention where that was though, so I can’t help you there.

cptacek on November 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I don’t plan to vote for Christie in the next Presidential primary, but if Republicans can lock up New Jersey, that pretty much shuts out Democrats from winning the White House. It would almost be like Democrats winning Texas.

BradTank on November 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Well,

It’s nice that he’s employable somewhere because his disgusting slobbering over the rat-eared wonder and subsequent dissing of the GOP nominee has made the fat liberal bastard utterly dead to the national party (not that the fat commie had much real potential as a nominee for high office in the first place).

But in any case, what Christie did really is unpardonable but nobody ever accused NJ Republicans of being anything more than commie-lites.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

For second there I thought you were referring to Jeb. My bad.

Mr. Arrogant on November 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

“but if Republicans can lock up New Jersey”

Will. Never. Happen. Too many Brain Dead Dem POTUS Election Year Only voters is just too difficult to overcome at this point. Christie will do only slightly better than Mitt did in Mass.

cdog0613 on November 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

lynncgb on November 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Could be. I just assumed he was looking after his state but his speech at the convention was very weak so people have built on that. I have to admit up front that I have never been enamored with him as a national candidate anyway. I’m actually almost more put off by his idol worship of Bruce Springsteen. Unless you are trying to relate to people who were sixteen in the 80′s, I fail to see the upside of showing the world this emotion (for a lack of a better word). I don’t see that as an overly large constituency.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

cptacek on November 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

That’s interesting that your friend experienced that, I thought the media had said it wasn’t true. It’s interesting what we know and what we don’t know since Obama got elected. We need another fat juicy scandal staring the media. I hope someone is looking. Something more than exclusion of bad news related to their boy king.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

BradTank on November 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I can’t even imagine what it would take happening in that state to make them vote for a Republican on the national level. I think we are talking catastrophe of Biblical proportions.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Selective reporting does seem to be the norm, now. They’ve buried Jamie Foxx’s pronouncement, already.

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

“but if Republicans can lock up New Jersey”

Will. Never. Happen. Too many Brain Dead Dem POTUS Election Year Only voters is just too difficult to overcome at this point. Christie will do only slightly better than Mitt did in Mass.

It’s a different dynamic though with Mitt and Massachusetts (especially since he flipped to being pro-life) and if Christie has anywhere near these same approval ratings, he can win his home state.

Believe me, I’m not a Christie fan, but if a Republican can win statewide twice and have the highest approval ratings of any Governor in the nation, he can also win there running as President.

If Republicans can take social issues off the table, they can win in states like New Jersey.

BradTank on November 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I don’t know how you can say that kind of stuff, even as a joke. I wonder how they are going to handle the kid on “Two and a Half Men” coming out as a Christian and imploring people not to watch the show?

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

2016 GOP Primary: Blue State Republicans need not Apply

portlandon on November 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Governor Flintstone will get one less vote from me. I won’t vote for him again.

TonyR on November 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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