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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Chris Christie's Pepsi problem, cont'd

By Ezra Klein

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I thought this was going to take longer to happen, but it looks like Gov. Chris Christie's extremely aggressive style is wearing a bit on his state:

The polls, from Quinnipiac and Rutgers-Eagleton, show Christie's approval rating in New Jersey slipping a bit, with significant majorities skeptical that he'd make a good president or vice-president. The polling shows that Christie is one of the most polarizing governors in recent New Jersey history, with more voters holding both a very favorable view of him and an extremely negative view. ...

The Quinnipiac survey shows Christie with a 46 percent job approval rating, with 44 percent disapproving. That's down from his 51 percent approval rating last month. He also now holds a net negative rating on education, with 45 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving of his reform efforts, taking on the teachers' unions and educational establishment in the process.

For the first time in many months, Obama's approval rating has inched ahead of Christie's. The president's approval in New Jersey is now at 50 percent, up four points from last month -- and the first time he's gotten majority approval since June.

The Rutgers poll found 39 percent giving Christie positive ratings, with 54 percent rating him negatively. The 28 percent of voters who consider his job performance "poor" is the second-highest for any first-year governor in the history of the poll.

And despite all the presidential buzz (which he's aggressively denied), even his supporters are skeptical that he'd be a good fit in the White House. Only 25 percent of voters said he'd make a good president -- and just 50 percent of Republicans -- with 63 percent disagreeing. Only 32 percent thought he'd make a good vice president.

Photo credit: Official Christie Web site.

By Ezra Klein  | December 21, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
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Bunch of hogwash. Come to New Jersey and you will see.

After the Democrats' disastrous tenure of the last decade, the 55-60% of the patriotic private sector portion of the state is not going to turn on him. He will be re-elected.

The Democrats might hold on the the ghettos in the Newark area and the public sector pigs eating at the trough. That's about it.

Posted by: krazen1211 | December 21, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

That people even thought of Christie as presidential material was a joke in the first place. This was just your typical GOP-mancrush: Christie is semi-violent, fulfilling a lot of dominance fantasies of his supporters, and he has personal animus towards teachers' unions (though not the incompetent and overpaid Rutgers University football coaching staff). That tends to get GOPers' hearts all atwitter, even though there's little substance, intelligence, or competence behind it.

Posted by: constans | December 21, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Ezra,

I seem to remember that when Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts you criticized him and his health care program in a reflexively partisan manner. Now you can not stop singing the praises of Governor Romney's signature accomplishment. In a few years when Chris Christie's accomplishments become undeniable I am sure you will be citing the New Jersey example of how to balance a budget.

Posted by: cummije5 | December 21, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Ezra,

Michelle Rhee had low approval ratings too as she was busting heads to improve Washington DC's public schools. When then parasites (public employee unions) obstructing progress have wads of cash to spend on negative advertising, what do you expect? If you ever ran an organization comprised of lazy and parasitical individuals where you had to meet a budget, then you'd understand that being a good boss often means being very unpopular.

Christie has the same problem, and in the end, the tax takers of New Jersey may persuade enough feckless Democrats to side with them to oust Christie in 3 years.

So instead of focusing on the issues, you focus on a poll! Wow, that's adding real value to your readers.

Posted by: ElGipper | December 21, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

christie still wants to sell the state liquor stores to his buddies.
and the state will get screwed

and the tax burden will go way up

Posted by: newagent99 | December 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Christie is a vile despicable excuse for a human being.

Posted by: keb777 | December 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

constans,

seriously? SEMI-VIOLENT? Really show me anywhere he's been in the least violent. Is he confrontational, sure. But there's a big leap you took there from confrontational to semi-violent.

And aren't we told (well at least when Dems look bad in a poll) to not look at a poll at a single snapshot in time but over time. If it continues then sure there's reason for concern but I don't see anyone in the Democratic fold in NJ that can even sniff him just like in the national fold no Republican sniffs Obama.

Again you'd be better off talking about how Booker and he are working together regarding his "tool kit" than to talk up the hate that the constans of the blogosphere are spewing.


keb77,

exactly WHY is he a vile despicable excuse for a human being? Please give me YOUR reason.

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Posted by: MRjavinbur | December 21, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Exceptional trolling, krazen. Why don't you celebrate at the Wayne Country Club with visionbreaker the Chris Christie "moderate"?

Posted by: pseudonymousinnc | December 21, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

pseudo,

you make as much sense as MRjavinbur there.


Do you concur with constans that Christie is "semi-violent"?

I'm guessing you wouldn't think Alan Grayson WAS semi-violent. Amazing what political perspective can do. I'd suggest to you as well to view the Meet the Press archives from this past week to see what legislators can do when working together. Unless of course your goal isn't sustainability but just shoving your deranged agenda down people's throat.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 21, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

and you know what's funny pseudo? You accuse krazen of "trolling" yet its you who pop in here and pop out with no conversation just blasting individuals for their viewpoints with personal attacks and never adding anything to the conversation. Isn't that kind of the definition of trolling?

Again what is it you do again? Oh yeah you wouldn't tell me for the last year why would you start now.

pseudo=TROLL.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To draw on a Honeymooners theme, Ezra: Ralph indignantly screams at his wife, Alice, "Why is there only one pair of my pants in that drawer?"

Her response: "Because one pair of pants is all that will fit in that drawer, Ralph."

CC would not fit in the WH.

Posted by: kickoradell | December 21, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Christie relies on physical intimidation, screaming, and the use of law enforcement to manhandle people who disagree with hi.m For many middle-management conservatives in NJ frustrated at the way their mediocre lives have turned out and the fact that their children hate them, Christie provides an attractive fantasy life to fulfill their delusions of dominance, in much they same way they got excited at the prospect of George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq and use of torture. It makes them feel more "manly." The fact that teachers make reasonable salaries is also a source of resentment among Christie's right-wing base because most republicans view the educator class as "the help", much like their gardeners and the waitstaff they abuse when they go out to eat. But for the most part, this will all likely pass. Christie had a track record of evading the law when he was repeatedly cited for reckless driving and himself preferred the high life on the government expense accounts. He's a lot of show. And right wingers love entertaining shows.

Posted by: constans | December 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

constans,

you see where you lose it and your ridiculous argument falls off the tracks is that he doesn't point his ire at teachers. Its at their unions and their union leadership. He realizes that teachers are the lifeblood of education so that's why he was an active participant at the Zuckerberg/Booker work in Newark. He's also (unlike a good "right winger" specifically targeted higher income areas of the state to receive more funding decreases than poorer areas). he's not a right-winger he's a moderate Republican and maybe that scares you a bit. If NJ realizes economic prosperity and fiscal discipline works here then maybe those that fear those practices across the country will think they'll be next.

He's also correctly targeted municipalities and the layers upon layers of bureaucracy and unnecessary spending and patronage that goes on in this state. So much so that once a school board salary cap was put in place many municipalities put contracts in place just prior to its enactment to circumvent the spirit of the accord. Again its not about the kids to them, its about the money and the greed. But hey I guess its easier to point to Christie as a greedy semi-violent right winger.

And again its ludicrous to look at one single poll and point to a trend. I guess those of you that do that really do fear Governor Christie for some reason.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 21, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

and its odd that you think Christie uses physical intimidation to get his way. What do you think that union groups with their "rats" that protest outside non-union shops are doing? Is that just good ole fashioned fun?

These town-halls that Governor christie does are NOT mandatory to attend. no one is forced to go there but people that work at non-union shops need to get to work and are harassed incessantly by union thugs.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 21, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"many middle-management conservatives in NJ frustrated at the way their mediocre lives have turned out and the fact that their children hate them, Christie provides an attractive fantasy life to fulfill their delusions of dominance"

Clearly, anyone who is a fan of Christie hates their life and have terrible family lives. And just as likely, Barack Obama is motivated by anti-colonial rage inherited from his father and his primary aim is to impoverish the U.S.

"Christie had a track record of evading the law when he was repeatedly cited for reckless driving and himself preferred the high life on the government expense accounts."

So he's a bad driver and spent roughly $2,000 - in aggregate - more on hotels than the arbitrary government cut off line. Yawn.

Who saves the taxpayer more money - a guy who is willing to shave an extra percent or two off of public union compensation but occasionally spends $94.61 more at a hotel than the government allows, or someone who scrupulously follows government rate regulations for hotels but is bed with the unions?

I'd prefer a politician who was more of a libertarian than a small(er) government Republican, but you can only pick what's on the menu.

By the way, if the government doesn't want to overpay for hotel stays, it should just refuse to reimburse any amount over the government rate. It should shock no one that setting a maximum rate but then reimbursing amounts over that rate will lead to people requesting reimbursements over the maximum rate. Of course, that's government for you. Set a rate cap, watch a ton of people violate it, pay some people to file a cute report documenting possible violations and then do nothing. I mean hey, it's not the bureaucrats' money so why should they be bothered?

Posted by: justin84 | December 22, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

justin,

totally agreed. The fact that these yokels that harass Christie about speeding tickets means they're really scared of him and what he's accomplishing in the State of NJ. It took two Democrats before him to put NJ in the mess that it is in fiscally and he's starting to help us climb out of it which is a huge task considering the power of the teachers unions, public sector unions and large number of municipalities. For the first time in a long time I didn't have my property taxes increase personally last year and surprisingly my kids are still getting a fantastic education. Thank you Chris Christie on the property taxes front and thank you to the teachers (NOT THE UNION) on the education front.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 22, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"Exceptional trolling, krazen. Why don't you celebrate at the Wayne Country Club with visionbreaker the Chris Christie "moderate"?"

You know what part of the state has been losing population? Newark, Elizabeth, and the rest of Essex/Hudson counties.

There is a reason Christie won Middlesex and Burlington counties, both of which were dominated by Obama 2 years ago. People are FED UP with the leftist property tax scheme.

Posted by: krazen1211 | December 22, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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