A Monmouth University Poll Conducted from May 1-3 of 500 New Jersey adults found that Chris Christie is exceedingly unpopular in his home state even with Republicans. A majority of New Jersey GOP voters said Chris Christie did not have the right temperament to be president. 54 percent of Republicans also expressed the opinion that Governor Christie was more concerned with his own political future than he was with governing the state.
The survey also found that New Jersey Republicans, by a 44 to 30 percent margin, felt that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would make a better president than Chris Christie. Just three months ago, New Jersey Republican voters favored Christie over Walker by a 51 to 30 margin. However, Christie’s stock has plummeted in the Garden State, marred by the “Bridgegate” scandal and his mismanagement of the state.
New Jersey Republicans have grown tired of Chris Christie, but Independents and Democrats loathe him even more. Two-thirds of New Jersey residents think their Governor lacks the temperament to be president.
Furthermore, in a head to head match-up with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie would lose his state in a landslide. In a hypothetical contest between the two, Hillary Clinton clobbers the New Jersey Governor by a 53-30 spread.
With no base of support within his own party, Chris Christie’s presidential hopes are doomed. He is not even competitive on his home turf. The New Jersey Governor was once billed the “moderate” Republican candidate who could rescue the party from the politically suicidal Tea Party faction. That ship has sailed. Now the Governor, who has taken increasingly right-wing stances on the issues, even as his hopes of securing the GOP nomination have evaporated, is just another unpopular figure in a Republican field chock full of them.
Chris Christie is no longer a viable candidate for president. If he enters the race, he is destined to fail miserably in his home state, and in every other state he runs in. In all likelihood, his political career is on its last leg. A politician who has alienated as many voters as Governor Christie has is a politician who has squandered his political future.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.