In an almost amazingly polar opposite scenario from what’s going down with the Democratic candidate well-positioned to take red-turned-purple Virginia in the other gubernatorial race going on this year, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is poised for an epic landslide in blue New Jersey, as yet another poll confirmed this morning:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to sail toward reelection, with a new poll on Tuesday a week before Election Day showing him with a 2-1 lead over his Democratic opponent.
Christie leads state Sen. Barbara Buono 64 percent to 31 percent in a Quinnipiac poll. He leads across most demographic groups, and even picks up support of 31 percent of Democrats.
His so-not-DC sense of bipartisanship has been the big schtick of his largely positive campaign, and he’s lost no opportunity to tout it with his TV appearances about New Jersey’s post-Sandy rebuilding progress. Hence, the firm-yet-reasoned criticism of ObamaCare’s broken promises on CBS this morning, after Norah O’Donnell mentioned that about 800,000 people in New Jersey are getting kicked off of their current health plans. Starting at the 2:00 mark:
What the federal government wanted us to do was to take on this burden ourselves, without telling us how much it would cost or what authority we’d actually have to run our exchanges. That’s why myself, and 33 other governors, both Republican and Democrat, said no to a state-run exchange. The real problem is that people weren’t told the truth. You can remember they were told that they would be able to keep their policies if they like them, and now you hear hundreds of thousands of people across the country being told they couldn’t. … So the White House needs to square that with what was told to the American people and told to Congress beforehand.
Ahem. Just sayin.’
Speaking on Good Morning America on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Christie said he does not have “a crystal ball” and couldn’t make promises about what will happen in the future. “I’m committed to being the best governor New Jersey can have for as long as I can possibly do it,” he said.
“I’ve been really honest with the people of New Jersey and told them exactly that,” he said. “I’ll do this job as long as aggressively as I can and my current intention is to spend four years, but we’ll see what happens.”