New Jersey voters label Christie a 'bully'?
April 20th, 2011
10:27 AM ET
4 years ago

New Jersey voters label Christie a 'bully'?

(CNN) - He says he's not, but if Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey runs for the White House, he will face some stiff competition from President Barack Obama, according to a new poll of Garden State voters.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday indicates the president beating the New Jersey governor in a hypothetical match up by a 52 to 39 percent margin, and garnering a higher job approval and likeability rating. But registered voters believe Christie, by a 53 to 41 percent margin, when he says he is not running for president.

His job approval in New Jersey fell to 47 percent, down five points from February. Eighty percent of Republicans questioned said they approve of how Christie's doing in office, with a 55 percent approval from independent voters and a 75 percent disapproval from Democrats.

When asked to describe their blunt governor in one word, the survey indicates New Jersey voters overwhelmingly chose "bully." "Arrogant," "good," "aggressive" and "strong" also topped the list.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,532 registered voters in New Jersey by telephone from April 12 to April 18. The poll has an overall sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Doug

    A being that endangers the lives of his or her fellow Americans each and every day calls a great honest man like Christie a bully, hypocrisy by its Webster definition is only carried out by one type of person, a Democrat.

    April 20, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Dom from NJ

    Bully maybe, but he does have some good ides to clean up the financial mess in the state. He's perfect for NJ politics, but presidential aspirations??? Fuggehtaboudit! He'll start WW III within a month after his inaguaration.

    April 20, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. a little sad

    Christie is trying to morph into Arpaio.

    April 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Doug

    Christie does not expect to ever win over the Snooki-crats of Jersey, he would have to sell out his morals and values to do so.

    The people of this state who adore the mob like a 12 year old girl does Justin Bieber, are going to vote Democrat every election, and always wish harm on Republicans because of their integrity, decency, fairness, and belief that we should never wish harm on our fellow Americans because of their political views.

    The act of a 10 year old hanging out a minivan, cursing and giving you the finger as his mom cuts you off and almost kills you is as Democrat as humanly possible. I invite all to come to the Garden state and witness liberalism first-hand. You will see that there is not a single bigger problem in America than DWD, driving while democrat.

    April 20, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. rob

    The Birther Issue:

    The media is who is keeping this going. They believe they can use this to make the Republicans look foolish, but more importantly keeping the subject away from President Obama's record:

    8.8% unemployment
    1.6 TRILLION deficit
    14.3 TRILLION debt
    Possible down-grade of the USA credit rating
    Sinking approval ratings
    Falling approval for his Health Care Bill
    2 thirds polled believe the country is on the WRONG TRACK
    Middle East turmoil
    Etc. etc. etc. etc.

    April 20, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. PalmReader

    "The Democratic Party is alienating Independedents. Imagine that."

    Depends on whether those 55% *Independents* are actually Republicans too embarrassed to call themselves Republicans anymore. Quite a lot of name switching going on in the GOP right now. Doesn't matter what they call themselves, the majority of them will still vote Republican.

    April 20, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Clwyd

    Bullies and thugs are the heart of the repulsive republicans membership! Both male and female. Look at Bachmann! She's mental!

    April 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    He reminds me too much of a Sapranos character.

    April 20, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Bob in PA

    A Bully ?
    How does he compare to what Reid, Pelosi and Obama did to us in the last two years.

    April 20, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. David

    I don't get why the article says he will face some stiff competition from Obama when the poll shows that Obama would destroy him. The voters are waking up and seeing that the GOP are in the pocket of corporations, the only party that attempts to fight for the middle class is the dems. Hopefully seniors will realize that the GOP is taking advantage of them as they feel they are reliable votes, the GOP budget will move their assets to corporations, and so much for a death panel, the GOP policy will be a death sentence (imagine the insurance rates a private insurance company would charge an 80 year old – unaffordable).

    April 20, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. the real ib

    I wish this bully would run for president. He has a lot more sense than the others one I see running including Obama.

    April 20, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. bill486

    "He's making the tough choices needed for the state and its tax payers, not the unions."

    That just means he's jumping on the republican union-busting bandwagon, part of the the plan by the super-rich conservative tyrants that own the republican party to slowly & methodically push the American work force into poverty & slave labor.

    He should make the tough choices needed for his carb intake; people don't vote for fat presidential candidates......it speaks badly of their character in so many ways.

    April 20, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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