In New Jersey, Christie’s potential Democratic challengers have been dropping like flies

posted at 6:01 pm on January 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be quite so nationally popular right now, and he’ll likely have a job repairing his brand on the road to 2016 if/after he wins gubernatorial reelection, but everything that has grated against the conservative base has apparently totally worked for blue-leaning New Jersey. His state approval ratings and reelection forecasts are sky high, and slowly but surely, prospective Democratic candidates have decided that they’d rather not spend their time waging an uphill battle that just keeps getting steeper, via National Journal:

One by one, the slate of possible Democratic contenders have bowed out. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will pursue an already-Democratic Senate seat. Once popular former Gov. Richard Codey, thought to be one of his party’s best shots against Christie, said last week he’s not running for personal reasons – which include running his funeral home business. News came this week that Senate President Steve Sweeney will likely stick with a re-election bid to the state legislature rather than make a run for Christie’s job. And Rep. Bill Pascrell won’t be running for governor, either. …

The last man — or woman, rather — standing is state Sen. Barbara Buono, once considered an outsider who has locked up the backing of Pascrell and some powerful party chairmen. But while she now has the party’s de facto blessing, she still has quite the task ahead of her; a Quinnipiac poll released last week shows voters preferring Christie in a matchup against Buono, 63 to 22 percent. …

There’s a general expectation among Democrats that Christie’s approval ratings, thought to have received a post-Sandy bump, will even out. Privately, Democratic operatives admit Buono is the clear underdog but also don’t want to give Christie a pass. “It’d be foolish for Republicans to somehow think this race is in the bag,” says one Democratic operative with New Jersey ties. “Democrats in New Jersey and outside of New Jersey are pretty committed to beating Chris Christie.”

But that doesn’t mean that Democrats are ready to concede, and of course, I have to add in the universal disclaimer that anything could happen in the next nine months — state-specific events, highly effective campaigning from the Democrats, and even national-level political mood swings could easily have a mollifying effect on the 74 percent approval rating at which Quinnipiac most lately pegged Gov. Christie. The Democrats are at least saying that they’re ready to put their money where their mouth is and throw everything they’ve got at the race, but there may be better investments to make (like the much more even-keeled gubernatorial race shaping up in Virginia). I mean, with a well-monied war chest and ‘friends’ like these

…Mr. Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook, and his wife will hold a fund-raiser for him next month at their home in Palo Alto, Calif.

The fund-raiser is another reminder of the hurdles Democrats face in attempting to defeat Mr. Christie, who faces re-election in November and is often mentioned as a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Mr. Christie has raised more than $2 million for his re-election… Some Democrats have said they need to raise close to $50 million to beat him. The only declared Democratic challenger so far, State Senator Barbara Buono, has raised about $250,000.

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great, another hurricane and dry humping session with Obama and his rating will be 99%.

gsherin on January 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Great! New Jersey can f’n KEEP HIM.

rayra on January 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Must be the smell of RINO.

platypus on January 30, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Christie should just come out of the closet and declare he is now a full blown Democrat. Get it over with Chris.
There’s no shame in admitting the obvious.

Mr. Arrogant on January 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

He’s a Democrat (what northeastern RINO Big gov loving republicans really are)!!

No surprise.

What will be a hoot is when he switches parties and runs against Biden and Hillary and Saint Cuomo in 2016.

PappyD61 on January 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

which include running his funeral home business.

Considering that BarkyCare hasn’t hit full stride yet this could be the shrewdest business decision ever.

Bishop on January 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

January 2017:

Fat Man still Guv of Garden State.

Cory Booker, POTUS.

But you’ll always have the memory of your beach dance with Barky, Tubs.

Bruno Strozek on January 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Most NJ residents realize they don’t need to replace Christie with another Democrat.

bobcalco on January 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The self-infatuated climate change pushing RINO needs to ushered out, whether it be by Republicans, or Dems. So this isn’t good news. We really don’t need him around anymore to kick us around. Christie be gone.

anotherJoe on January 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Poll: Chris Christie’s favorability rating hits an all-time high
posted at 4:06 pm on June 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll out Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s favorability rating has reached a new high, with a full 50 percent of registered New Jersey voters giving him the thumbs-up. It’s the best rating he’s had since taking office in 2010 — and I gotta’ say, it’s always refreshing when the realities of holding public office actually do something to improve a politician’s public standing.

I know Erika loves the Fatman, and he’s fine for NJ, but PLEASE stay there. Running another northeastern liberal on the national ticket will get the same results as with Romney.

sauldalinsky on January 30, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The fatman is protecting his large rino ass.He is no threat to anyone in 2016. Hell there probably won’t be a GOP in 2016.

celtic warrior on January 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Chris Creosote.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The talk in NJ is that Senate President Sweeney will run against Christie. It will be an interesting race if he does.

I really just want Christie to go away so I may find out if you hand will break if you pull the lever on the “D” side of the polling machine.

Natebo on January 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be quite so nationally popular right now…

14 omments in 45 minutes? His fame is up.

DanMan on January 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Why should the democrats run a candidate against Chris “Fat Boy Rino” Christie anyway. Fat Boy is nothing but a democrat in an elephant disguise.

RZuendt on January 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Dropping like flies?

That’s just the fumes from Jersey City…

viking01 on January 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Thats fine..stay in Jersey Christie

sadsushi on January 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Dems will be fine in Jersey. There will be so much cash rolling in from all the pork in the Sandy Bill they will be gorging themselves for several years.

Wigglesworth on January 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Good, maybe he’ll stay put then instead of tossing his fat hat into the ring for 2016.

NoLeftTurn on January 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Christie’s potential Democratic challengers have been dropping like flies

…he pharted?

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I hate to say it but I almost hope a Democrat beats Krispy Kreme. That would almost ensure that his chances in 2016 are done for. We DO NOT need another RINO next election!

tom2789 on January 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

New Jersey needs Chris Christie, and I think most of the voters there understand this.

You can forget about him being the 2016 GOP presidential candidate. What he’s doing in NJ doesn’t translate to the rest of the country.

J Baustian on February 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM