A new Monmouth University Poll, taken after Governor Chris Christie’s presidential announcement and released this morning, indicates that a strong majority of New Jerseyans believe that Christie has abandoned his commitment to govern the state and that he would be a bad president.
57% say Christie should resign now that he has officially entered the presidential race. 71% say Christie cannot run for president and govern effectively at the same time….”walk and chew gum”… as Christie refers to his plan.
Just 27% of New Jerseyans say 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.
“I’m not sure how the governor defines ‘a lot,’ but any common sense usage of the term would have to be significantly greater than five percent,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
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Governor Chris Christie will announce his line item vetoes of the NJ State Budget that the Democratic Legislature presented to him yesterday and take questions from the NJ Press Corp for the first time this year at 11:30 this morning.
Watch Christie’s remarks here courtesy of NJTV and YouTube.
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Contradicting published reports that he will announce that he is a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States next Tuesday at Livingston High School, Governor Chris Christie told his radio audience on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governorthis evening that “There’s been absolutely no final decision made by me.”
Christie said that he would work through the budget that the State Legislature sent him today, veto some increases, and then make a decision.
“Let’s get through tonight and work on the budget, and then I’ll make a decision.”
Christie’s public schedule indicates that he will take action on the budget tomorrow morning at 11:30 and take questions from the press.