NJ gov: Scrooge or Claus?
December 24th, 2010
04:31 PM ET
8 years ago

NJ gov: Scrooge or Claus?

(CNN) - He may not say 'bah humbug,' but that doesn't stop New Jersey voters from identifying their governor as Ebenezer Scrooge.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, more Garden State voters see GOP Gov. Chris Christie as Scrooge than Santa Claus. Fifty-four percent identify Christie with Scrooge; 28 percent associate him more closely with Santa Claus.

The Scrooge rating, however, comes mostly from Democrats. Seventy-one percent of Democrats see him as the cold-hearted Charles Dickens character. Forty-seven percent of Republicans see the governor as St. Nick.

There is also a small gender gap, with more women than men identifying him as Scrooge.

"At this Christmas season, Quinnipiac University turned to Charles Dickens and Clement Clarke Moore for inspiration," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "We seem to have inspired voters, especially Democrats, to say their governor could use a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future."

The poll surveyed 1,276 New Jersey voters between December 14 and 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Christie beat the Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine in 2009, and has since gained national prominence for his straight talk and tough decision making.

In order to close a large state deficit, the governor recently made budget cuts that included layoffs of state workers and a reduction in aid to public schools.

Another recent poll shows New Jersey voters are sharply divided over how Christie is performing in their state's top public job.

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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Christie is BIG and he has a BIG problem of being a 1st Class BULLY!! He does not have to be TOUGH because he is BIG and he uses his BIGNESS thinking it HELPS him – it DOES NOT!!! He's definitely a SCROOGE!! Seems like he ENJOYS cutbacks and other "taking BACKS" but yet he will not CUT his salary??????

    December 24, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. NJ you get what you vote for!!!

    How about a clown! Gov. Christie killed one of the biggest construction projects in the U.S. that employed thousands and would of put NJ on the map. Now you see why President Obama wanted the Tax Cut Compromise, so jerks like Gov. Christie could'nt cut off the funds. These rabid Republicans Governors are out to get Pres. Obama and his stimulus programs. NJ demand that Gov. Christie start up the tunnel project now!!!!!

    December 24, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. the real ib

    He is doing what he is supposed to be doing; bringing the out of controll spending under controll. Proud of him; need more like him. We can't continue the out of controll spending that has been going on if we want to still have a country. It's about controlling spending not about getting Obama.

    December 24, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. jimgpa

    they electede him..Hope they got what they wanted, lol

    December 24, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Christine

    At least the man has cojones unlike our President! And you people don't yet get it...THE STATE IS RUNNING OUT OF $$$$$ (MONEY) like California and some other states! Is the next stimulus to bail out STATES? The federal gov is printing money like there is no tomorrow and inflation is knocking on our doors. Just look at gas and food prices rising, the SPENDING must stop. I'm guessing some of you posting here are Unions! Yeah yeah, I know, it's owed to ya! Merry Christmas while we still have it!!!!!

    December 24, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Mike

    A pity people confuse fiscal responsibility, tough but needed, with Scrooge.As for his personalitty, he is forceful, because what he has to do requires a forceful man to succeed. A milquetoast would simply have let NJ sink further into fiscal disrepair, instead of returning , albeit painfully, to fiscal sanity.

    December 24, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Andy

    Governor Christie is one of the few elected officials in America that actually gets it. There is no more money. One more time for those who can't do math. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY! It's over! The credit card is maxed out. I'm glad he's more concerned about doing what's right than doing what's popular.

    December 24, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Ben Ben

    What do you expect? He is a Republican after all and they all are racist Scrooges.

    December 24, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Mr. Grumpy

    This article shows exactly the problem with how Americans view government. The government is NOT Santa Claus. It doesn't miraculously generate gifts out of nothingness. Every dime that the government spends come from someone somewhere. It's good to finally see a politician who recognizes that fact. We need more "Scrooges" in government.

    December 24, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Bill

    @NJ_you_get And where are we going to get the money to pay for this project? I agree with you that it would have been a boon for the state in needed jobs and transportation infrastructure, but the reality is the state is broke, along with the other 49 states. A good example of what can happen on these large construction projects is the Big Dig, where cost overruns led to a $26 Billion disaster.

    To put it in terms that everyone can relate to, imagine that you were having a house built and the contractor quoted you a price of $200,000 but he could not guarantee that the final cost would be in excess of $2 million. This is exactly what happened up in Boston. Sure, you can certainly use the house and it would employ many construction workers. But the question is, in the end, can you afford to pay the 10 times extra in cost overruns? You can't. And it's the same here, only on a much larger scale.

    The other big myth about this project is that the Governor was unwilling to work with the Federal Government. In point of fact, he was more than willing to have the state pay its share so long as the Federal Government would promise that it would pay for any cost overruns, ensuring that the citizens of the state would only pay what was in the original estimate. The Federal Government declined. That's no knock on the President – I wouldn't want to guarantee those funds either. But if it's OK for the President to balk at the additional money needed for the project, why is it not OK for the Governor to?

    What people need to realize is that it's time to pay the piper. For decades, both Republicans and Democrats equally spent us into the hole and the coffers of the treasury are empty. Republican obstructionism in Congress is preventing any meaningful work from being done to get the long term debt under control, but don't mistake idiot Republicans in Washington for Republicans in Trenton.

    December 24, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Rick

    Christie is one big bah, humbug!!!

    December 24, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Raytheon

    St. Nick dispensed lots of freebies. Good for little kiddies once a year.

    Doesn't work so well when done all year round on the taxpayers' dime.

    December 24, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    Last election resulted in "GARBAGE IN" and the next election will result in "GARBAGE OUT" I suspect that Christie knows that. I also hope the citizens of New Jersey got what they asked for.

    December 24, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Alert U

    Same thing again is presently happening in England. That is, privatize profits; socialize losses. Now that the airports are snow clogged folks are screaming for the government's head even though it’s a private run airport. Biggie Chris is polling high on the ‘less government’ list for the next GOP prez run. He may not do well in NY/NJ but the REDS down south are thinking he is mightily fine cuddly.

    December 24, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. ALFO

    scrooge of course,tax cuts for 400,000.00 earners, job cuts for middle class,teachers,police,fireman,jobs killed for tunnel ,you NEW JERSEY FOLKS got what you voted for a P.O.S.

    December 24, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. james

    If only 71% of Democrats call him a Scrooge for his budget cuts, Christie needs to make more cuts.

    December 24, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Charles W. Skinner

    I just LOVE the idiots that comment here about how Gov. Christie "killed one of the biggest infrastructure projects costing thousands of jobs." It shows that the commentator has NO GRIP ON REALITY. The tunnel infrastructure project would have been just ONE MASSIVE COST OVERRUN AFTER ANOTHER. There isn't a SINGLE insurer who would have bonded the project, leaving the state on the hook for EVERY SINGLE PENNY of cost overrun (which would have reached into the BILLIONS of dollars, just like the BIG DIG did in Boston).

    Gov. Christie not only has the right idea, he's on the track to put his State back into fiscal order while States like California and New York are on the verge of BANKRUPTCY.

    December 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Scott

    There's nothing complicated going on, here. We have spent a generation racking up debt publicly and privately. We spent today's prosperity yesterday, and now the bill is due. Having less may take the form of less money when our taxes are raised, or fewer services when spending cuts are made, but one way or anther, the bill is due. Math, people.

    December 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. blake

    Wish we had 49 governors, 100 Senators, 435 House members, and a president just like him. It is Santa Claus politics that has brought us to where we are today. I wholeheartedly endorse a lot of bah humbug politics.

    December 24, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. BIg A

    Let conservatism ring! Time to shut down Agenda 21.
    Sorry libs YOU LOSE!

    December 24, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Kara

    If i read this thing right, even the majority of republican voters see him as scrooge.
    Why do CNN present their polls in a way to cause confusion? Could it be to keep the supporters of each party at one another's throats for ratings?

    December 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Christine

    Just stating facts...more and more states are running out of money and even our country...yeah I'm bit of a "big bah, humbug"....and I hope to see more Governors and Congress like Christie whether Democrat or Republican...it's about our nation not political groups along with their interest groups!

    December 24, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. thomas

    Bobs Big Boy Berger

    December 24, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Terry P

    He's keepin New Jersey from going bankrupt like California andother states. Government has made junkies out of its citizens. If the government doesn't give them something, its like drug withdrawal.... BRAVO to Governor Christie ! Call him what you want – but he is getting the job done.

    December 24, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Name

    Ben Ben is small minded calling a man making tough decisions a racist and TSah is juvenile to b calling the man fat. Ha!!! Just goes to show libs can call people names but dont know how to lead.

    December 24, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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