New Jersey and national Democratic politicos who are dancing with glee over the ‘damage” they think they are inflicting on Governor Chris Christie’s second term effectiveness and his presidential ambitions might as well enjoy the moment. Reports of Christie’s political demise are greatly exaggerated.
Starting today with his State of the State address (which can be viewed live here at MMM at 3PM) Christie’s comeback will begin. A comeback that the governor starts with a 59% job approval rating, according to the Monmouth University/USA Today-Monmouth/Ocean Edition Poll released yesterday.
The poll that was taken Friday through Sunday, indicated that even with the onslaught of negative publicity that Christie has gotten locally and nationally, New Jersey residents don’t care about Bridgegate with regard to how they view Christie. His job approval rating is net positive 27%. His personal approval rating is down to net positive 16%, but his negatives haven’t moved since Patrick Murray last asked the approval question in November when the net positive number was 31%. 28% had a negative opinion of Christie is Murray’s pre-election November survey. 28% expressed a negative opinion in the survey published yesterday. The 15 point drop in Christie’s net personal approval rating is the result of New Jerseyans waiting for the full Bridgegate story to come out. Those who said they have “No Opinion” of Christie personally, increased by the exact 15 points from November to January and the 15 point drop in those who said they had a favorable personal opinion.
Even though New Jerseyans think Christie knows more than he is saying about Bridgegate, we are giving him the benefit of the doubt. We still like him. If a smoking email surfaces that proves he knew of the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and what they were really about, he’s toast. If such an email exists, it will probably come out. If it doesn’t exist, Christie will come out of Bridgegate a stronger political force than he was last Tuesday, before The Record published the damning emails.
Christie knows if such an email exists.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, State of the State, State of the State Address | 6 Comments »