New Jersey’s Chris Christie has dizzying drop in the polls. It’s the economy, stupid

Just last November, Republican Chris Christie beat incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine to win the governor’s office in New Jersey, one of a handful of off-year elections that Republicans read as a repudiation of Obama and the Democratic Party.

I thought it was much more likely that voters were angry over the economy. And they’re now taking that anger out of Christie, whose approval rating is only 33 percent. That’s much lower than Obama’s approval rating, which still hovers near 50 percent:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been in office for just three months, and a new eyewitness news poll shows voters are not giving him any kind of a honeymoon as he presses for budget cuts.

Only 33% of New Jersey residents approve the job Christie is doing as governor.

Nearly twice the number, 63% disapprove.

The telephone poll by SurveyUSA has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

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HM

April 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

If you have seen any interviews with Governor Christie, he is doing exactly what he said he would do during the campaign, cutting government spending in an effort to avoid a budgetary train-wreck. More power to him; we need more of this at every level.

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

Thanks in part to an all out push by the Teachers Union.. nothing like having the unions issuing a memo wishing you dead. :)

Vreeland

April 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Just goes to show- what goes around, comes around. And if elected officials who gained office as a result of an Obama backlash are unable to produce on their own merits- they’re toast!

The Carnivore

April 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

I am a personal friend of Corzine, and was sorry to see him lose his re-election bid. However, the voters of New Jersey are notoriously big-government / entitlement types – I once lived there myself. To avoid California’s fate, Christie is doing the best possible thing, even though it goes against the ingrained mentality of the state.

Also, three blog posts from Cynthia in one day? Wow.

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

It’s the Unions stupid.. would be a better title

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Hmmm…. Tax cuts for business and cutting budgets for schools, hospitals and transportations among other things…..sounds like the Repubs/Tea Partiers ought to be thrilled…

This is the roadmap to November?

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Keep up the good fight!
April 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

They don’t have to cut the budget.. he gave the unions two options.. one to forgo mandatory union dues for the year.. or pay 1% of their benefits. The unions said NO to both..

Who U Kiddin'

April 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

Better cheesesteak, Pat’s or Gino’s?

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

Union…. sounds to me like both are still budget cuts…just a difference of where the cut goes….

Still at the same time he has or pledge to cut taxes at the same time for corporations. So yes…we see how that gained him popularity…Sounds like he is headed along the Bush track….spend and cut incoming tax revenue…. But hey, go with the insanity…..

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

Keep.. You’re so correct.. with tax payers and businesses relocating from NJ in droves… what do you recommend NJ do exactly?

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

Union…. the Repugs/Tea Partiers have the answers right? I mean that is what they promised. They campaigned that the Dems did not have the answers and that they did. So where are their answers? Or maybe their answers do not work?

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Keep…. He is keeping his word.. cutting the budget and fat.. I am sorry.. but I have to pay for part of my healthcare every month.. don’t mind that I do.. I have a great plan.. You telling me that the gov’t employees in NJ are too sorry to cough up 1% of their benefits to help the children of NJ? (they pay NOTHING now)

Chris

April 26th, 2010
5:46 pm

Funny, CT explains this ‘dizzying drop’ as ‘the economy, stupid’ but when Obama has faltering poll numbers she blames the ‘conspiracy to ruin his presidency.’ LOL

chris

April 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Christie acts like people voted budgets down because they were upset with teachers. A lot of people felt that their taxes were going up because Christie already made schools use their surplus and cut funding. That was why so many budgets were voted down!!!!!!!!

Union

April 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

Posted on Mon, Apr. 26, 2010

Editorial: Teach them a lesson

Angry New Jersey voters sent a strong message Tuesday when they rejected almost 60 percent of local school budgets.

That’s the largest repudiation of school budgets in decades. Traditionally, voters approve 70 percent of the budgets without much thought.

But New Jersey residents are fed up with paying the highest property taxes in the country, and not getting much more in return for the steady annual increases.

They are also fed up with unchecked spending at all levels of government.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

union…. you really are struggling here. You want to argue the merits of this cut or that based on what is happening to you…. not going there. You dont matter in this. No matter what the merits are, it is a cut to the agreed compensation of these people and their choice. SO you dont cut peoples salaries and compensation and say you want this you pay for it…and at the same time say, we are going to cut the revenues coming into the state coffers so that some people can make more money. If you do, you better justify it clearly.

Let me make it simple for you….I tell you that now you have to pay 100% of your own benefits because I have to make budget cuts in the state because of the economy…..and at the same time, I tell the people making capital gains and taking home salaries and money, 4x, 5x or many more than you….I am cutting the taxes you have been paying which means even less money in the budget. But I guess your happy right?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

Interesting the Farleigh Dickinson poll surveyed registered voters. Wonder who was surveyed by SurveyUSA. The article suggests only “residents.” May be a meaningful difference. Rasmussen achieves his accuracy by counting only the opinions of “likely voters,” a notch higher than even “registered” voters. GIGO

Union

April 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

Keep up the good fight!
April 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

ahh.. wealth envy and obama economics. big difference between 1% and 100% These folks dont have to pay anything.. so asking them to pay SOMETHING is wrong? LMAO

Answer me this.. if all the high income tax payers and businesses move out of NJ.. who is gonna pay the state employees?

Kamchak

April 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

Looks as if the “backlash” has a “backlash.”

Union

April 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

Obama says.. everyone needs to pay your fair share.. unless your union..

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:21 pm

union…. Hmmm…just who are they selling their million dollar homes in NJ to when they move out? And since there will be a vacancy of “businesses” those state employees will have an opportunity to take over the jobs of those moving out. Last I checked state employees paid taxes too on their income…so do they also get a tax cut while they pay these new expenses or is it just the rich who get tax cuts?

kamchak…… absolutely….hard to control a “lynch mob” saying let’s get em.

susan

April 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Union…you know that keep up and their ilk are fine as long as it is the “other” people that are paying – AT&T recently had contract negotiations and the union voted down having to pay any part of their medical at all. AT&T proposed that they pay $x ( i think it was about $600-1000/yr) and that amount would be matched in a medical spending account. The employee would actually make out on that deal – payment for the medical plan taken out pre-tax and then the money in the medical account is pre-tax.(Currently the union employees do not have medical spending accounts – only employees who pay for their medical benefits do.) And I can speak to this because I was in that union for nine years.

The overall attitude is don’t touch mine – take it from someone else. Pathetic!

susan

April 26th, 2010
6:36 pm

keep up – being an employee of the state and a business owner are two very different things. One won’t necessarily slide into the others spot. In this economy, I hardly think most state employees would have the gumption to take the risk to start their own business. They will stick with their security.

saywhat?

April 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

Apparently a significant number of people forgot (in only 2 years!) about the epic failure of 6 years of total Republican national rule and policy. Why they thought the same failed policies would work on a state level, who knows?

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:47 pm

oh no….another “ilk” comment. Anybody want to hunt “ilk” from a helicopter.

I think a better construction of my position, not that really will listen to anything but your own preconceived determination, is that be sure to make the system fair first and then if there has to be cuts, the pain needs to be shared fairly. Don’t cut the taxes of one group and then cut salaries of another….or is that concept lost on you, susan. but as pointed out….the prior failed policy of tax cuts to the rich has already been shown to benefit…the rich!

Non-Union

April 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

Can’t wait for my property taxes to increase from the CC state budget cuts. And, businesses will be getting a bill for the unemployment fund shortfall. The levy will be based on the number of employees and the business rating.

kayaker 71

April 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

The governer’s “dizzing drop at the polls” seems to reflect the entitlement persona of the great State of New Jersey. He campaigned on the platform of cutting the fat, making the citizens of NJ more responsible, balancing the budget and all of that campaign stuff. Then when he really does it, which most thought he would not, he is the demon. Sounds good on the campaign trail but when you start to keep your promises, no one thinks you should have been elected. Wish someone in the White House would take note.

susan

April 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

Keep: perhaps this is a rebalancing of an existing inequality, hence the tax cuts and proposed salary cuts to bring things around to being “fair” and “equal”.

is it “equal” that in the health care reform bill that, all things being equal, union folks do not have to pay taxes on “cadillac” insurance plans while non-union folks do (at least for a certain number of years?)?

What determines “equal” and “fair”? More importantly, WHO determines those things?

Is it “fair” that my mother had to quite school at 16 to help pay the rent? Is it “fair” that I had to share a bedroom with my four brothers (and I am female, not “A Boy Named Sue” :-) Is it “fair” that my grandparents had to deal with the “Irish need not apply” signs in NYC in the 1920’s? (they were immigrants) Is it “fair” that I got laid off from my job, even though I was more qualified than some of those who kept theirs because of “seniority”? Is it “fair” or “equal” that my parents were told to put one of my brothers in a home because of his undiagnosed medical conditions (my parents didnt listen to them and he is now a CPA)? I could go on, but I won’t, I think you get my point.

Life is NOT fair. There has never been a promise that it would be. People need to learn to make the most of what they have and stop making excuses. Stop pointing fingers at “those that make more”. Do you know how “those” people got where they are? Most of them, through hard work, determination and perseverance. THAT is what one of the biggest problems in our nation is today. Instant gratification prevails. Take from Peter to pay Paul.

Now, that is not to say that people should not help one another – they should. But most of that should be voluntary, not mandated. Charity begins at home. Charity cannot be legislated – because then it is not charity.

As for the dont cut taxes/salaries argument…WE don’t pay the salaries for private businesses. We DO pay the salaries of the state and federal employees – BIG difference. If I don’t like the way a private business conducts itself, I don’t do business with them. The same cannot be said of the state and federal government – that is MY money being spent.

Kamchak

April 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

oh no….another “ilk” comment. Anybody want to hunt “ilk” from a helicopter.

Heh…heh…heh…wish I’d said that.

blutto

April 26th, 2010
7:48 pm

Keep up the good fight: “the pain needs to be shared fairly”

Lefty catch-all: “pain.” Definition: Imagined suffering of some voting bloc that can only be relieved by cold hard cash.
Another lefty catch-all: “fairly.” Definition: Hand me your wallet.

blutto

April 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

Keep up the good fight: “oh no….another “ilk” comment.”

We try to use one syllable words whenever possible so that our liberal friends can keep up.

John

April 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

Chris Christie doesn’t really care about these poll numbers. He is open to being a one term but revolutionary governor. He is making some really tough decisions that needed to be made for a generation. I find this poll hard to believe but either way it doesn’t matter. The economy will improve eventually and his poll numbers will go up. There is no way he will get the long term blame for the NJ economy which bottomed out before he was even in office.

blutto

April 26th, 2010
8:12 pm

CT: “New Jersey’s Chris Christie has dizzying drop in the polls”

It depends on the poll. On April 20 Rasmussen had him at 53-45 approval. President Obama in the Rasmussen poll of today, April 26, had an approval rating of 47-52.

Surely you agree that Christie, who won election by a vote of about 49-45 over Corzine, has not had nearly the “dizzying drop” experienced by President Obama who won election by a margin of 63-46 but now has an approval rating of less than 50%? In fact Christie seems to have gained in popularity while the president continues to sink.

When can we expect your “Obama has dizzying drop in the polls” essay? I look forward to it.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

butthead….now I just want to be sure that you are not projecting here…it may be that one-syllable words are all you understand.

Sue…a nice rant but really a lot of disconnection life is unfair and woe is me. Let’s take your premise that the rich are rich because they earned it and worked their way up the ladder, oh say, like a Rockerfeller. Since we are talking taxes and not charity or your poor mother, etc., let’s stay with that. You have not addressed the proposition that those who earn income pay taxes. State employees or private enterprise. Now you want to effectively cut the compensation to state employees so that you can give cut services and at the same time cut the taxes of private enterprise. Now you want them to say “oh sure, that is okay with us. Okey dokey”, cut our compensation and give it to the guy with the million dollar home because he worked hard and now needs a tax cut for more things while I struggle to feed a family. But you seem to think that the services provided by those government employees to residents should be done without cost to the residents or maybe just paid for by the poor.

John…. love the argument. I assume you are for Obama as he inherited a economy not of his making, he has had to make tough decisions and his poll numbers will go up as the economy is improving….and the blame…well its definitely his predecessor.

susan

April 26th, 2010
8:23 pm

keep: not a rant, just fact. I am not “woe is me” at all. Perhaps I should have been more cleared and spelled it out. I was giving an example of some of my own life experience. DESPITE those struggles, I do not believe that anyone owes me anything – at all. Where there is a will, there is a way. I speak of personal accountability, personal responsibility, not a reliance on the government to fix everything.

I see how you overlooked my initial statement that perhaps the tax cuts now, and the pay reduction was to CORRECT prior “unfairness” .

And PLEASE!!! Rockefeller as an example? Let’s use someone more current: Bill Gates or Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs?

I don’t think that anything should be free – but why do the government jobs now have a higher pay rate than private sector? I pay may taxes, so when I see four county workers on a job and only two are working…it gives me pause. I believe in equal pay for equal work…

blutto

April 26th, 2010
8:28 pm

Keep up: There you go again.

ken R

April 26th, 2010
10:21 pm

Susan, I agree with you, our Gov’t. is getting to big and they are digging in our pockets to deep.
Everyone needs to realize that politicians have never sacrificed on single dime of their own money or benefits to help other people, just themselves, but they sure can tell us how to spend our money.

Kamchak

April 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

Everyone needs to realize that…

I am quite capable of identifying on my own what I “need.”

Constructive Feedback

April 26th, 2010
10:32 pm

Ms Tucker:

As a Black man (not that it is relevant) I would be far more interested in seeing you investigate why President Obama’s approval rating among Black people remains around 90% DESPITE the economic challenges that are present within many areas of the Black community.

Surely if the 11% White voting rate in Alabama in support of Obama brings up the question of “racism”………what do you figure is the case for this anomaly with respect to present support for Obama among Black Americans? Is it based on our clear and present economic/academic/public safety interests? Or is there some other force that I am missing?

susan

April 27th, 2010
12:32 am

@ constructive feedback… Was that a rhetorical question? I think that you already know the answer to that question (though it would be interesting to read what Ms Tucker has to say). It is all about the status quo. And if they go against the status quo they are ostracized and villified. There was a time that that wasn’t the case…(frederick douglass and abe lincoln)

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Douglass

OedipusTax

April 27th, 2010
1:03 am

The Governor’s drop in the polls is nothing compared to the drop in AJC’s newspaper circulation, which Cynthia Tucker should accept has her distinct contribution to extinction and irrelevancy.

Telly B

April 27th, 2010
1:14 am

To constructive: I’m fairly new to this blog and have seen many question Blacks’ alliance to Obama. Many have argued that blacks voted for him simply because we and he are the same race, totally discounting the fact that other blacks, democratic and republican, have run for president in the past and we didn’t vote for them in significant numbers. I am aligned with him (and my network of black friends too) because I agree with his plan to turn the economy around. It’s no different from conservatives who believe other strategies will work. But as I see it, the other strategies that have been tried under republican administrations have been successful for a small segment of the population of which I’m not a member. Perhaps other Blacks feel the same as I do. Wonder what Bill Clinton’s approval rating among Blacks was at this stage in his presidency?

casual observer

April 27th, 2010
1:40 am

Okay for one thing Obama will always be around 50% because that many people in America believe he will give them something for nothing. Therefore he waiil always have their vote. That’s what’s so scary about the “give-away” polocies. It creats a dependant class of people who will always support Deomcrats who are percieved as taking from the gredey rich and giving it to the not rich through government programs. i.e Healthcare, Immigration Reform, Bank Regulations you name it. Christy has threatened to cut into peoples secuiity such as Tenure and government hand-out programs. A society created from the Nanny state mentality. (see Puerto Rico and Greece)

susan

April 27th, 2010
1:42 am

@ telly b…not ALL blacks voted for obama..not all believe in what he is doing. my fiance and i aknowledge the history of the moment, when obama was sworn in, but that is where it stops. we DO NOT agree with him, at all. My fiance is black….and, in my own experience, he has been called a negress, and someone that is ashamed of being black…simply because he did not vote “black” and is engaged to someone who is white.

If you think that blacks, as a whole, would have voted for a REBUBLICAN BLACK, I think that you are mistaken. The majority of blacks voted for Obama because he was black and democrat…just look at how the conservative blacks have been maligned and ostracized by the black community..all of the uncle tom, and the white man garbage….it is disgraceful…ESPECIALLY since most of the black folks i know keep a “conservative” home…

NJ Taxpayer

April 27th, 2010
1:59 am

Telly B, at this time in Clinton’s presidency he was doing poorly. A little time before his re-election he had to come back to the center in his polotics because he was to far left. I don’t disagree with what Obama wants to change, i just disagree on how.

Now “KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT” are you from NJ? This tax break you are so graciously blaming Christie for is inaccurate. Actually Corzine and the Dems created it, and the current Dems in the legislature did nothing to change it when they had a chance to on Jan. 1 when it ran its time. If I am not mistaken, Christie didn’t get into office until Jan 19th, which gave the currently elected dems (which have control here in NJ) the chance to fix it. But you think they are going to kill themselves in the foot as I am sure alot of them get there money from people like the head of the NJEA who make over 400K a year.

i am not to sure if you have heard about the new budget in NJ, but everything is getting cut across the board. Nothing has been untouched there. Yes he cut education spending, but it is left up to the town school boards how to deal with it. They decided to cut teachers and programs, instead of getting rid of 1 of their administraion jobs, which makes more then what 3 teachers combined. Also any governor here can not make a town spends its cash. The towns did that all on their own here. The past administration here figured into the state budget for 2010 $1 billion that was given by federal money for 2009. Only problem was they spent it in a hurry, and that money is not coming back again this year.

J.R.

April 27th, 2010
2:39 am

President Obama is a career politician, nothing more. He has no business experience, no management experience, no leadership experience at all that would qualify him to hold the office that he has been elected to. He is still just a community organizer, and unsuccessful lawyer. Problem is, he is in way over his head and I think he has known it since the election. He lied during his campaign, and has lied many times since he was elected thinking that no one would call him on it. Presidents have been know to lie now and then, but it seems to be a habit with Obama. He just seems to think he is smarter than everybody else, and if he says it we will just automatically believe it. At this point he strikes me as being someone with severe psychological problems that he is dancing as fast as he can to keep up with.

casual observer

April 27th, 2010
3:34 am

OedipusTax

That has been my contention for sometime. Just like our elected government the AJC is selling something most Americans don’t buy. 25 of the largest newspapers in the country are losing money with the exception of the Wallstreet journal. I wonder why? The only growing news outlet is Fox news. I wonder why? The AJC is dieing from the poison the are giving themselves, and trying to give the public. Whe they do collapse (and they will) it will be blamed on other things NOT the real reason. Ms Tucker and the AJC refuse to admit their paper does not report fairly and does not reflect the public sentiment.

Constructive Feedback

April 27th, 2010
4:41 am

[quote]Many have argued that blacks voted for him simply because we and he are the same race, totally discounting the fact that other blacks, democratic and republican, have run for president in the past and we didn’t vote for them in significant numbers.[/quote]

Telly B:

I am a critic of the Progressive Establishment that dominates where “The Least Of These” live. In every district that Black people represent 35%+ of the voting Black – Democrats control all of the key institutions.

The best way to evaluate what you say is NOT to point to how Blacks support the package of what Obama, John Lewis and others support, instead a better question is to look at the RESULTS and ask “Would a non-Democrat/non-Progressive retain his seat if they delivered the same results – ECONOMICALLY, ACADEMICALLY and with respect to PUBLIC SAFETY.

You see, Telly B – I make the distinction between what is POPULARLY ASSUMED to be in the best interests of our community and what is EFFECTIVELY PROVEN TO BE in our best interests. Keep in mind that I am not a Republican. I am not seeking to have people switch their vote to the GOP as our salvation.

Instead we need to put forth a more transparent and effective infrastructure by which our communities are governed (and more importantly) our human resources are utilized.

Telly B – how is it that we as a people are provoked into fear and concern over “racist Tea Parties” and Confederate Sympathizers yet in 2010 the National Guard is called for Chicago to keep Black people safe?

If the present struggle by the Black Establishment is valid then Chicagoland should be a utopia for our interests as it looks like the America that they are struggling for:

A person living in Southside Chicago:

* Has a Democrat as an Alderman
* In a board of Alderman which has 49 out of 50 Democrats
* Has a Democratic mayor
* Has a Democratic school board representative
* In a school board that is monopoly controlled by the Democrats – despite graduating 52.9%
* Has a Democrat Cook County board representative
* In a Democratic majority county board
* Has a Democratic State Representative
* In a Democrat majority State Legislature
* Has a Democratic State Senator
* In a Democratic Majority State House
* Has a Democrat US Representative
* In a Democratic Controlled US House
* Has 2 Democrat US Senators
* In a Democratic majority controlled US Senate
* Has a Democratic President who is from the area

Telly B – Too often people like Cynthia Tucker “Place their ADVERSARIES ON TRIAL” and rail against them. I challenge Ms Tucker and other journalists to make a reference upon the community best interests (not necessarily the “Black community best interests alone) and evaluate ALL who claim to represent these interests from this reference:

* Safe Streets
* Quality Education
* Thriving Local Economy
* Healthy Lifestyle Outcomes
* Policies that are Comprehensive and Enduring
* Policies that leverage the Competencies of the People who will benefit from them

If I could convince Ms Tucker, those forces who claim to speak for our community, and others to take this disposition both the Black community and all other communities around America would benefit.

jim in Jackson

April 27th, 2010
5:33 am

JR and the rest of the Klan needs to stop knocking anyone’s allegiance to Obama when you stoop to Idolize the “Lords Of the Lies”; Limbaugh the druggie, and Beck the Psychopath.
The blacks voted for the same reason as the hispanics, the college students, the women and the working class men with any ounce of intelligence. The same people who will re-elect him in 2012.
The Democrats support the working class; and the republican’ts support the Banks, Insurance Companies, the rich and their conglomerants. Those who have so much fun on this site acting foolish and lying incessantly are no more than little children who don’t know any better and don’t know how to act with any integrity.Obama may not be the smartest man in the world, but he’s a heck of a lot smarter than anyone on this blog will ever HOPE to be.

TnGelding

April 27th, 2010
6:16 am

The electorate is fickle, indeed. What in the world do we expect, miracles from every elected official? We have to learn to be patient and allow change time to take effect.