Christie Ratings Continue to Fall

A new Monmouth University poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) job ratings “have continued their post-Labor Day decline… Nearly two-thirds of Christie’s constituents say that he is more concerned about his own political future than he is about the state, with increasing skepticism of the stated purpose for his recent foreign trips.”

“When New Jerseyans are asked who would make a better president – Chris Christie or Hillary Clinton, Clinton gets the nod from 58%, with 32% choosing the Garden State governor.”

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  • EbeSnoozer

    I doubt Christie is going to run. He can read the polls and tealeaves as well as anyone and the mood has most definitely changed on him. Plus, he’s less confident in his own abilities than Mitt, who had to be told by an army of donors that the well was dry.

    • pisher

      I think he’s absolutely going to run, if he can get the backing–one reason he’s been schmoozing all these billionaires. You are not getting who this guy is, and how he thinks about himself. He is not capable of stepping back and looking at the situation he’s in rationally. If he was, he wouldn’t BE in this situation.

      • EbeSnoozer

        It will be interesting to see. He can recognize that Bush has already eaten most of his lunch in terms of NJ easy donor money and if Bush runs he’s extremely unlikely to win. In politics there’s nothing more malodorous than a loser.

        Plus, people generally choose to run when their popularity is waxing and the sheen has most certainly come off Christie.

        I will be surprised if he runs: he’s a guaranteed also ran.

        • pisher

          Ebe, look at all the people lining up to run–all but two of them, three at most, are guaranteed also-rans.

          Christie can’t run for reelection again. He probably couldn’t get elected to the Senate, and he certainly isn’t interested in that job.

          What’s left?

          He loves the spotlight. He needs a big one (yeah, obligatory fat joke, but he does). Where does he get it?

          If he can find somebody to pay for his ticket, why wouldn’t he get onboard? For him, it’s literally the only game in town.

          • EbeSnoozer

            I could be wrong (not much surprises me anymore) but I’ve got a suspicion a national campaign is just too much like hard work for Christie, especially as he’s going to lose before the nomination. If he wants it, he’ll get a plenty big enough microphone at a broadcaster and he won’t have to get cold in Podunk towns in farm states and be told he’s an Obama hugger the whole time. I note there are other stories about the pickle he’s in in Iowa so I really think he’ll put his feet up.

            He often jokes about how poorly paid he is compared to his spouse. The path of least resistance for him may be to just go and fix that problem immediately.

    • jjbrainstorm

      Christie is having too much fun rolling high on other peoples money to not run. You don’t get to hang with Bono if you are not running for president.

      • terjeanderson

        Most of running for President isn’t hanging with Bono — it is slogging through the snows of Berlin New Hampshire in the dead of winter; it is being forced to spend week after week speaking to small groups of voters in living rooms and church basements and diners in IA and NH; it is having to answer inane questions from voters with pet causes (and trying not to lose it on camera); it is continually giving the same canned answers in interviews with local TV, radio and newspaper reporters; it is having every word you say being analyzed for a slip up (as Christie just found out in London) and risking an uproar when you word something poorly…..

        If Chris Christie thinks that running for President is “rolling high on other peoples money”, he’ll quickly find out that it is major drudgery instead.

        That doesn’t mean he won’t do it. I suspect that Christie is, like most politicians, motivated less by a love for luxury than by a need to be the centre of attention and an ego that tells him that he is smarter and better than all the rest of them. And that may be enough to convince him to get on the charter bus and starting winding through NH.

        • JavaMan

          Plus, hey: all the chicken you can eat.

          • terjeanderson

            The candidate rarely actually gets to eat at those proverbial chicken dinners — they’re too busy meeting and greeting, giving speeches, and getting hustled in and out of events to eat those dinners.

            Instead they are more likely to grab a turkey sandwich in the car, a room service BLT late at night back in the hotel, or a bagel on the fly in the morning. (Of course they also get things like corn dogs at the Iowa state fair, a muffin when they visit a bakery, and other event related noshes….)

            Good campaigns figure out how to build down time into the schedule and make sure the candidate eats reasonably healthy — but it is very difficult to do.

          • JavaMan

            Yeah, I’ve been to some cattle calls and definitely recall seeing Biden cramming some sort of sandwich in a distantly visible corner of a small ballroom while Beau came out for a grab and grin. (Ha, everyone kept saying what a wonderful President Joe would make – I had to tell him how much I liked his appearances on Sunday shows.)

            Never saw a spread at a non-donor event like Hillary was rolling out early in 2007 though. Mark Penn must’ve run the numbers on ROI of giving the faithful their fill of bacon wrapped scallops.

          • LarryMcD

            I remember Hubert Humphrey making himself ill on the campaign trail because all he was eating was a scoop of ice cream and throwing even that up about half the time.

  • EbeSnoozer

    I doubt Christie is going to run. He can read the polls and tealeaves as well as anyone and the mood has most definitely changed on him. Plus, he’s less confident in his own abilities than Mitt, who had to be told by an army of donors that the well was dry.

  • Buford2k11

    Hmm. I wonder how long we will have to wait for the results of the investigations into the GOP/Democratic Governors of the NY/NJ cosa nostra…This nation is in real trouble when we keep electing crooks…

  • Buford2k11

    Hmm. I wonder how long we will have to wait for the results of the investigations into the GOP/Democratic Governors of the NY/NJ cosa nostra…This nation is in real trouble when we keep electing crooks…

  • dweasson

    Well, he certainly has lost the independents and Dems who crossed over for him in 2012, but it looks like he still gets the nod from the GOPers, who, let’s face it, will pull out IVs and crawl from their hospital beds to the polls to vote against Hillary.

  • lostintheswamp

    if only losing weight was as easy as losing popularity …..

  • evave2

    This poll is brutal. I thought Christie’s popularity in Democratic New Jersey was his big PLUS for Republicans, you know, that appeal to crossovers?