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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I’m getting a de`ja’ vu experience reading the comments. I can imagine reading a blog in 2016 about presidential candidate Christie and about how we have to forget about he helped Obama get re-elected because he is at least better than the Democrat candidate. I’ll never forget.

HellCat on November 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Dead-on accurate there.

ddrintn on November 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

It’s nice to see some optimism.
At this point, I myself am still sorely depressed over the fraudulent election and can only see doom and gloom for the country.
Obamacare is going to be an outrageously expensive scheme to have every aspect of people’s lives declared to be health-related and therefore subject to the whims of liberal nannies and the control of leftists.
On the other hand, Obamacare’s impact will be abated somewhat by the economic collapse of the country, and people will be more concerned about food and water than their ruined health care.
On the other hand, the pain of the economic collapse will be transiently overshadowed by Iran’s lighting off a nuke somewhere in this country
On the other hand, our Chinese overlords will successfully propagandize the population of imbeciles into believing that it didn’t really happen.
And on the other hand, I and others will be ready to go full wolverine at that point, but my commie neighbor’s standard poodle will have dug up and dragged off my buried weapons.

But, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Although in the case of our sad nation, it’s likely to be the shit train coming.

justltl on November 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Maybe what will likely by then be the newlyweds across the street, Mr. and Mr. Washington-Jones, will have a nice recipe for dog.
There’s always a silver lining.

justltl on November 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

mmmm. Why don’t you refer to something instead of appearing to talk out of nowhere because we may have skipped or not seen that post, which in my case is true.

Otherwise, how in the world are we to know what you are referring to? Guess?

kim roy on November 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I was posting on my smart phone during a work break.. Kinda impossible to quote another poster that way.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

69% of Garden State Republicans approve of Christie’s work with Barack Obama.

and that, is why Romney lost.

bloviator on November 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I cannot support Cristie in the future after throwing Romney under the bus. Maybe NJ Republicans will strongly support him, but there are 49 other states with Republicans not so happy with him.

WyoMike on November 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I was posting on my smart phone during a work break.. Kinda impossible to quote another poster that way.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

And we’re supposed to know that too?

Could always mention it in the post instead of just yammering out something random and *WE’RE* supposed to figure it out.

Just a thought, unless you like being misunderstood and then like to have that bit of extra room to wiggle around in.

kim roy on November 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

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