NJ voters overwhelmingly back Christie's rebuke to House Republicans
January 23rd, 2013
09:06 AM ET
1 year ago

NJ voters overwhelmingly back Christie's rebuke to House Republicans

(CNN) – While House Republican leaders may not have enjoyed their verbal lashing from Gov. Chris Christie earlier this month over the delayed vote on a relief package for Superstorm Sandy, the governor's public scolding sure found support among New Jersey voters.

A whopping 79% of Garden State voters, including 70% of Republicans, say their GOP governor was right to criticize the Washington lawmakers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

In a January 2 press conference, Christie skewered House Republicans, blasting Speaker John Boehner in particular, for not taking up the package when the chamber voted on the last-minute fiscal cliff deal the previous night.

"We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans," he said. "Or at least we did until last night. Last night politics was placed before hosts to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch."

Though the Senate had already approved the package, Boehner ultimately decided to push the vote onto the next Congress, which convened January 4. The House eventually approved the $60 billion federal aid package for storm victims on January 15.

The poll indicated that only 15% of New Jersey voters, including 22% of Republicans, did not approve of Christie's comments. While not a New Jersey resident, GOP Sen. Rand Paul criticized Christie for the uproar, referring to it as a "tantrum" last week in a radio interview.

Christie's job approval ratings, however, have soared since the storm, as the governor has continued to receive high praise for his handling of the aftermath. In the poll, 74% of voters in the state say they approve of his work–his highest score ever in Quinnipiac polls.

Breaking it down by party, 93% of Republicans approve, while 78% of Democrats feel the same way. Those aren't bad numbers for a governor who's up for re-election this year and could potentially run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The survey also shows Christie leading possible Democratic challengers in his gubernatorial run by margins of 2 to 1 or higher.

"Overwhelming support for their Jersey Guy (governor) from every group in every corner of the state translates into a sky-high approval rating matched only by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 2016 – here we come," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release for the poll.

"First, of course, Gov. Christie has to get re-elected this year. Right now, it doesn't look like a problem," Carroll added.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,647 registered voters in New Jersey by telephone from January 15-January 21. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    About time somebody told them how awful they are, and the best thing is that Senator Aqua Budda is the only one stupid enough to object to Christie pointing out the obvious. Can't wait to see them debate, Paul will get shredded.

    January 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Hmm. A conservative who is not an extremist; who wins actual contested elections; enjoys high support in the polls; challenges members of his own party. He does not conform to the Tea Party political world view at all. He's a RINO in the eyes of those running the Republican Party.

    Yeah, well. I still don't like Christie. Maybe people in New Jersey have forgotten who Christie really is, but he's bad for the middle class. Let's not forget that he started his term in Trenton by cancelling NJ's final phase of multi-state high speed rail project. All that was left was a tunnel under the Hudson. Hundreds of millions had already been spent on tracks and stations that go nowhere. He killed hundreds of jobs, and set economic developement back decades. To make matters worse, the federal government then demanded that NJ pay back all of the4 federal funds that had been invested in the project, which cost NJ taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Christie also had the debacle with his staff who filled out applications for federal education funds improperly, which cost NJ taxpayers another $450 million dollars.

    January 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Governor Christy they are going to kick your rear end out of the Good Ole Boys club......

    January 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. tangledthorns

    Christi, stay in NJ please.

    January 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. plain&simple

    Maybe Christie should keep blasting republicans. There's plenty of them that deserve it. It could even bring the timid ones AFRAID of their tea party God's out of hibernation. Paul Rand.'s little snipe is just that ,very little from a small minded narrow view. He's going to lose in the race for national respect!

    January 23, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. MACDONALD BANK

    The Republican Party; has self-destructed - on the grounds of homophobia & religious corruption!
    Someone left the door of the asylum ajar - the religious extremists are loose & they are all in the Republican Party!
    Religion; is the biggest bully on the block!

    January 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. rs

    Any REAL American with a greater than room temperature IQ applauds anyone rebuking the Republican members of the House. They are kooky, dangerous little idealogues with dubious alliances – mostly to lobbyists, not America.

    January 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There was a legitmate complaint that Christie had with the GOP in the House. There should have been nothing stopping the request for aid to states that were hit by Sandy like NJ which bore the brunt of the storm. There were too many teapublicans thinking solely with the wallet and not any level of compassion. This doesn't mean that I'd vote for Christie in the election this year.

    January 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Pete

    I'm waiting for Christie to do a Specter on republicans and sign up for democrates,its his handling of this Sandy incident that makes him more democrate than republican because he cares ,not the uncaring ,callous idiots republicans are known as!!Just wait its just a matter of time and he'll see its better with the other guys than his own party so just watch and see how long it takes because he's getting nowhere with his party and help from democrates,the proof is always in the pudding isn't it!!

    January 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    So much for New Jersey "Voters" who like much of the rest of the people that probably have no Home Insurance and may live in Public Housing and haven't paid for a lot of things they think they deserve. And because of too many people passing the buck, and they do, now they need help. Most people have no problem with welfare but the country has had too many taking and not enough paying for it. Hence the 16.4 Trillion dollar federal debt. The 60 billion plus that the victims of sandy will get will add to the National Debt because the people haven't paid their dues. So if you haven't paid for your demands shut up. We don't want to hear you.

    January 23, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. CT Angie

    I would like to see what Senator Rand's reaction would be if Kentucky were decimated by a superstorm and the House decided to hold off a relief vote for 60+ days. I'd like to think he'd have a "temper tantrum" too. Oh, wait, under Senator Rand's perfect world, the people of New Jersey would have been left to die, because relief from the gov't is bad.

    January 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Sorensen

    If the GOP wants to survive, and it does not look much like it, they should fire McConnell and Boehner, and Cantor and
    the rest of the worst boneheads, and make Christie the new Boss.

    January 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |