NJ gov: Scrooge or Claus?
December 24th, 2010
04:31 PM ET
7 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. John

    The Governor needs to be advised that the Anti-Bullying Law he signed into law awhile back applies to him too.

    December 24, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Remember this clown next election when a bunch of outsiders come in and advertise that their candidate is best.

    Until then, admit you were duped and you got what you voted for.

    December 24, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. TTommy

    Waaaaaah! The unions, who are strangling the life out of this country and forcing companies overseas, who bought and paid for Obama's election, are now crying because he's taking a tough stand against them. No-one, and I mean no-one, feels sorry for those overpaid, underworked union thugs ... except their own union members. Christy is an American hero. If you don't like what's happening in unions over here, you are welcome in Greece. Give their unions a try.

    December 24, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. PR

    You think Christie was rough, wait until congress tries to address the runaway federal budget. The committee came up with some tough points to bring spending into control, the question is does congress have the balls to make those cuts? IThey say they'll do away with their earmakrs, but I'll believe it when I see it. They all want to suck on the fedral cows teat.

    December 24, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. pinarello

    If Christie is successful, I may put NJ on my list of acceptable places for relocation. If not, I am happy to stay here in Texas!

    December 24, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. lordpet

    I equate him with the Staypuft Marshmallow Man.

    That tunnel project would have paid for itself in the long term thru increased tax assessments on houses that benefitted from the easier access to NYC, plus an increase in taxpayers moving to NJ to take advantage of the commute. It'll have to be done one day anyway, but now is when interest and labor rates are the lowest they'll be. It won't be cheaper in the future. Oh well.

    December 24, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. C Tait

    Does anyone ever want to hear the bad news? No, of course not. The bad news is overspending, corruption and the "we need that" mentality put NJ and every other state in the financial state they are in. You can't not raise taxes, business, property, personel or others, if the bills have to be paid. And yes, believe it or not, there is no money tree.

    December 24, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Mike

    We need more Politicians like this! He is hard on everyone including government leaders who get away with murder. he is turning NJ around – finally someone who gives a #$@#@! You may think he is doing things to hurt the state of NJ residents and taxpayers but the truth is he is making the HARD choices to save the state...we will be glad when we get back on our feet. Once he is out of office we will all be thankful and wishing he was back.

    December 24, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Bob Ramos

    I am a lifelong confirmed Democrat and NJ is very fortunate to have this guy as governor at this time. When he was asked why he killed the tunnel, his answer was that NJ did not have the money to pay for its share of the costs. That would have just left a huge hole in the ground for years. Cristi inherited a state budget so broke that many gas sales outlets will not honor the state's credit cards when state troopers need gas. No sane businessman will do business with the State of NJ except on a COD basis because accounts receivables can extend for many months. One pharmacy is still waiting for a $200,000 payment after 4 months. And remember, many towns in NJ depend on the State to help them pay their bills.

    December 24, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Gil

    He's a repulsive republican he has to be Scrooge!

    December 24, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Scrooge aha that is true he is not interest improving NJ in the name of cut spending he is taking NJ back words
    Democrats please go to the polls on election day other wise we will see more Chris Christie

    December 24, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    at least he admitted that he's not qualified to be president unlike some OTHER so called candidates. Of course that may have been a spin as well and as far as NJ goes he doesn't like that Jersey Shores show so he can't really be all bad.

    December 24, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. MarcPDX

    This is silly. Santa Clause or Scrooge. More significantly the majority of NJ voters support what Christie has been doing to return their indebted state to fiscal solvency. But then, this blog is all from a liberal POV. So, LOL!

    December 24, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Steve

    Interesting how the media is quick to label a fiscal conservative, someone who is actually responsible, can balance a budget, and can do basic math, a "scrooge"; yet free-spending idiots like Illinois' and California's Governors (not to mention our POTUS) are regularly given a free pass, if not compliments and accolades....

    December 24, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. PAUL W.

    Clearly, voting in Republicans and Tea baggers is a huge mistake. The real world requires competent leaders and Christie talks a good game, but like Palin, he just isn't up to the task of actually solving the economic woes for the state of New Jersey. There are more options than cutting taxes and funding for education.

    I know it sounded like a good idea but if you can't remember that it was the GOP who got us into this financial, perhaps you shouldn't be voting.

    December 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Paul Ernest Show

    Chris is neither a scrooge nor santa claus. He is making unpopular decisions and not weighing the political ramifications. It's hard for politicians to be realistic and cutting funds for public education, laying off workers, when you have one, is not a good political move.

    December 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Ali

    I don't care about the New Jersey Governor's status as Scrooge. I'm so frustrated with how the news is turning in to an entertainment industry. The only news site that really doesn't do that anymore is YOUREASYNEWS.COM. It basically takes the news and summarizes it, making it easier to read. It also doesn't bother with all of these smaller stories.

    December 24, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Steve J

    Gov. Scrooge could also be Jan Brewer (AZ)...or is she more Gov. Grinch?

    December 24, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Albo58

    Only the entitlement getters are calling Christy a Scrooge! For the people who actually pay taxes, he is a breath of fresh air and a LEADER! Our President and a lot of other political "Santas" could learn tons from this man!

    December 24, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    When has a Republican not been a Scrooge? The only thing they love more than their own misery (I mean they are delighted that their own Saviour Jesus Christ was tortured and crucified), is spreading misery to the rest of the people.

    Typical Republican thinking – "By God I chose to be miserable, and because I chose to be miserable, I will make everyone else's life miserable too"

    December 24, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    This man was voted into office to fulfil a mission. That mission has been broadcast by Fox News for years now. Why are the citizens of New Jersey complaining now, when they are gettingt exactly what they voted for?

    December 24, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Hank

    I think this man talks in hyperbole and is mostly hot air. He really is out to keep taxes down for the rich. In other words he follow the GOP party line.

    December 24, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. the real ib

    @Ben Ben; please stop playing the race card. People who do not agree with Obama's spending are not racist; we fear what will happen to our country is this out of controll spending is not brought under controll. We do not hate; we are not racist; we are worried about the spending in this country and that is all. I've been called a hater and racist because I don't agree with Obama and his policy I'm not; just concerned about our country as are the others who think along those lines.

    December 24, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. db


    I agree with you 100%. The only people who should ever profit from business are the CEOs and their top executives. Golf is an expensive game and they need that money. Everybody except for the wealthy can go to hell this Christmas – I'm talking to you, working class. Furthermore, If you are in a union, you deserve NOTHING! How dare you expect fair pay for your work! In fact, you should give whatever handouts you got from your bosses back to them as Christmas gifts – especially if you are teachers. Give your pay back to cut the deficit. Educating our kids in public schools is warping them. How dare they teach our kids EVILution. I swear, this once great country is going down the drain fast.

    December 24, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. lionround

    Bravo to Gov. Christie. What he is doing is absolutely necessary. Not easy but needed. I wish we had more of it. With any luck, we will

    December 24, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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