New Jersey wants to be free of Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) according to a Monmouth University poll taken after the Governor announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
It’s not that they don’t want to lose Christie, either, contrary to what Christie believes. Only 5% said that’s why they don’t want Christie to run. It’s more that they really, really, really do not think he will be a good President. In fact, a majority would like the Republican governor to resign.
From the Monmouth University poll released on Thursday:
A large majority feels that Christie has abandoned his commitment to the state and few say he is a good fit for the Oval Office.
Just 27% of New Jerseyans say Chris Christie would make a good president. More than two-thirds (69%) say he would not. A few months ago, Christie was asked on national TV about similar poll results. He responded that survey participants told pollsters he would not make a good president because “a lot of those people…want me to stay.” Monmouth followed up with the participants in our poll and found that just 5% of those who said he would not make a good president say they gave that response because they would rather have Christie stay in New Jersey. Fully 89% of this group, though, confirmed that their answer meant they really think he would make a bad president.
And…. New Jersey would like Chris Christie to resign. Fifty-seven percent of Garden State residents want Christie to get out of the Governor’s mansion, and only 26% say he can run for president and govern New Jersey effectively at the same time:
A majority (57%) of Garden State residents say the governor should resign now that he’s thrown his hat into the ring, compared to 37% who say he should stay in office. Even more New Jerseyans (71%) feel that Christie cannot run for president and govern New Jersey effectively at the same time. Just 26% say he can do both well.
“Chris Christie may be looking for a new job. Just don’t expect his current employer to provide a good reference,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Familiarity breeds contempt and all of that.
They hate him in New Jersey. So, like a Republican lost in his Fox bubble, Christie figures this means he should run for national office.
You are probably thinking about reality and history and how being hated in the state where a candidate is currently in office doesn’t bode well for running for a bigger office, but being hated and hatred are working out super well for Donald Trump. The Republican expert in bankruptcy is currently polling in second place for his party’s nomination. There is nothing the Republican base likes more than someone America hates.
Freedom for Christ Christie this Fourth of July is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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