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

    you're right folks he should be just like Obama... and continue to spend money where it doesn't exist... you people are ignorant fools that will all be out of work in a few years when this fiscal mess comes to a head...

    December 25, 2010 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  2. Stu

    He's a piece of crap. At the same time he cut jobs and benefits to the poor, he gave people making more than $400,000 a year in New Jersey another tax cut. It is well proven that giving tax cuts to the rich does not create jobs; they just buy more Porsches and yachts. He did this to curry favor with the same scumbags who are the cause of the economic meltdown of the banks and the housing market.

    December 25, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  3. Chaasm

    The Quinnipiac poll is biased on its face: it implies that it would be good for the governer to be like Claus (a nice giving fellow) rather than Scroog (a greedy tightwad). HELLO PEOPLE!?! A governer's job isn't to give out gifts (i.e., taxpayer $$$). It's to run the state and make sure that the essentials are done on time and on budget. You want gifts? Talk to your mommy and daddy. You want fiscal sanity? Let Christie do what needs doing.

    December 25, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  4. Jay

    Need more like Christie. NJ is broke. No more handouts, it is time to cut spending. How are you going to pay all those workers? With what money ? Liberals think that money just magically falls into the coffers from the sky. They shout, "Give us more handouts, don't care cut spending !" Bunch of idiots. Christie is the man.

    December 25, 2010 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  5. Andy

    The guy is ruining decades of progress, causing thousands to lose their jobs, projects that were funded got canceled for no legitimate reason, and causing the poor and what remains of the middle class to suffer. Unwilling to raise the gas tax, yet totally willing to scrap a massive infrastructure project and related jobs. The guy is wrecking NJ.

    - A

    December 25, 2010 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  6. Kevin

    Let's see. Christie personally killed the ARC Tunnel project which, yes, would probably go over budget, but it would provide a long term benefit for decades to come in improved transportation, not only for New Jersey, but a huge benefit to not only the region and the country in improved rail service for one of the most densely traveled areas in the country. On Thursday though, it was announced that Christie wanted to support the un-finished Xanadu project at the Meadowlands (look it up, easy t find the details).

    So......he easily killed a government project that would have benefited millions of people with long-last, positive effects, but he's ok with providing support to a white elephant of a retail/entertainment complex? Puh-lease. NJ has problems that need to be fixed, but it's gonna be done by an opportunist looking to make a presidential bid.

    December 25, 2010 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  7. Ain't life strange?

    Its odd no one bothered to mention how he gave tax cuts to the wealthy in our state as well as other incentives for just being rich, but begrudges state employees, especially teachers, the things they worked for and earned. As far as the tunnel project is concerned, not only would it have created jobs, but also would have brought additional revenue, both short and long range, into the state. Tough decisions? There not so tough when they don't affect him and his cronies. He managed to loose hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for education when he took the federal application out of the hands of the state teachers union and decided to rewrite it himself, making errors and then blaming everyone but himself. The ice berg never looks as big as it really is when you just look at the tip of it. The man is a short sighted bully.

    December 25, 2010 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  8. midnitejax

    And this is the guy the Republicans have been parading around as the next coming of the Messiah? I know is I didn't vote for the loud mouthed moron. You get what you deserve. This should be a red flag if you think it's going to get better with Republican control of the house.

    December 25, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. Scott T

    These Democrats are screaming 'show me the money'... Other people`s money... Congrats Gov Christie.

    December 25, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  10. Don B

    There's a lot of name calling and baseless accusations against this governor. The man is doing a great job. If something can't be paid for, he cuts it. He's forcing the state to live within its means. I voted for the man and I'm glad I did.

    December 25, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. ABM

    Merry Christmas NEW JERSEY. Those of you who voted for him are now learning who you voted for. For those of you NJ-ites who stayed home on election day or did not vote you now know what you must do when it is time – VOTE. The guy is an embarrasment (and I am being nice).

    December 25, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. midnitejax

    You get what you voted for. The next Republican messiah. They parade this guy like he really was onto something.N.J. residents should have been kicking out all the illegals. They have bled that state dry in every social service.The corporations get a kick out of that one.They don't pay anything towards benefits. They pay low wages,. They pay nothing in property taxes. The residents pay state and federal taxes, and bear the brunt on their property taxes. Is the Gov. looking to fix that? Nope! He lays people off. Yeah...thats the answer to putting people to work.

    December 25, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. JCS

    Wow, after reading that it seems that Gov Christie is a despised person. You failed to mention that he still has an plurality approving his job performance (46% approve, 44% disapprove) in the Quinnipiac poll, and only 28% rate him as "Poorly" in the Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

    Keep up the clear and unbiased work Fox, I mean CNN.

    December 25, 2010 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Larry

    It seems lots of people don't understand economics. Money out must not be greater than money out. The governor gets that. If we don't put our economic house together, the fall will be sudden and terrible. We need to stop spending borrowed money.

    December 25, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. Larry

    That should have read, "Money out must not be greater than money in"

    December 25, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. Jerry

    Governor Christie, I am a life-long Democrat, but I in your corner. I am glad you have the guts to do what needs to be done, unlike many other elected officials.

    Happy Holidays!

    December 25, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  17. Toby

    How about something in between, like most human beings? Not everyone is an angel or a devil. add a little granularity. Stop making this seem so cut and dry. He's a normal guy, who is taking a practical approach that many don't agree with. None are better off, others are worse off. But you don't get to have better offs, when you're in a bind. So maybe the rubric that we need to use to measure success is with regard to minimizing the number of people who are worse off.

    Takeaway: The headline of this article would approximate humor, if it wasn't so succinctly indicative of how idiotic you thought we were. Set high expectations, then challenge us to beat them. Be more like Fareed.

    December 25, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. Docholliday

    I like him already – doesn't belly up to the Mob, cuts waste, fraud, abuse. Doesn't bow to the Unions and corrupt Teamsters, bellyaching minorities who refuse to work, collect a sittin' at home check generation after generation.
    Long overdue for Jersey – he's exposed the underbelly/pit of the worst state in the Nation

    December 25, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. dennis freeman

    Hard to tell which is bigger – his ego or his belly, certainly not his heart. Recall anyone?

    December 25, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Scott S.

    We're out of money because the top 2% of the population has kept it all. The real irresponsibility isn't out-of-control spending. It's spending way more than you're taking in. People don't seem to understand that the reason we're in so much debt is because we haven't had any tax revenue for 30 years. The top 2% of the population controls over 50% of the money in this country. We don't need it to "spread the wealth". We need it to save our country from being owned by China.

    December 25, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. Jeff

    I don't get the Scrooge analogy. Mr. Scrooge kept Christmas in his heart all year round and was as good as his word in being kind towards all mankind. So why does the writer of this article think a reference towards Scrooge is bad?

    December 25, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. morphy

    I notice that the Libs that post here are dissapointed at anyone who promotes fiscal responsibility.

    Ill, CA, NY and the other blue states will soon be bankrupt because of all those Libs spenders in charge. thank goodness NJ woke up in time.

    December 25, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. KatR

    Commenter "Bill" says it all. It's not ethical nor businesslike for building contractors to submit bids for a project that include the phrase "cost overruns". Only when more governors like this one turn down "offers" like this will the construction industry wake up and smell the coffee (or tea). But something else will have to happen as well. Taxpayers will need to accept the fact that spending cuts alone will not solve the problems. Taxes will need to go up as well.

    December 25, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Mike

    I like the simpletons who state "there is no money, end of story!" It 's not that simple folks. It's more a question of what he thinks is important to spend money on. It's the same with the federal government. Everything is "we can't afford it" but when it comes to defense spending it no questions asked. Spend spend spend.

    December 25, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. trex

    Christie, first takes $400 million from education funding, and gives that same $400 million to the wealthy thru tax cuts. Christie is the ANTI Robin Hood.

    December 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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