November 9th, 2010
09:38 AM ET
12 years ago

New Jersey on Christie 2012 run: Forgetaboutit

(CNN) - Despite lots of chatter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie keeps saying he won't run for president in 2012, and a new poll suggests that's just fine with people in his state.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 51 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie's doing as governor, an approval rating higher than President Barack Obama or any other statewide leader. But the poll, released Tuesday, indicates that more than six in ten say Christie would not make a good president and six in ten say Christie will not run for the White House in 2012. Two-thirds say that speculation over a possible Christie bid is just political gossip.

"We like our in-your-face governor, Christopher Christie, and think he's a real Jersey guy – sometimes a bully, often confrontational, but getting a fair number of A's and a lot of B's in his first year," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But all that Christie-for-President chatter in the national news media? New Jerseyans think it's more political gossip than a serious possibility. Only one in five think he might run and most doubt that he's ready for the White House."

Two days ago, on the Sunday talk shows, Christie reiterated his line that he won't run for president, saying he will be governor of New Jersey in 2013. Last year Christie pulled off an upset victory over Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 3-8, with 1,362 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cristie was appt governor in 2009 after serving as district attorney of NJ and touts a B.A. degree and a practicing law degree but even he says he's not ready for a presidential run in 2012. Too bad Palin can't "read" about Cristie.

    November 9, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. keepstufingthis

    A shame. I think this is just what this country needs to deal with these public sector employee unions that are bankrupting us with their massive benefits and unrealistic, inefficient work rules.

    November 9, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He is in your face alright, but he has shown that he is unwilling to look at the whole picture. If there is something to work on is his ideological stiffness. He is solely looking for cuts (based on his views) in the budget. He seems to be cutting programs that help the poor and put money back into the economy. If he were smart and willing to learn, he would allow small rises in the gasoline tax (like a penny a gallon) and on the toll roads in NJ (like the Turnpike and Parkway). I say this being someone who drives to work everyday using the Turnpike. There also needs to be a way to keep those money secured in the Transporation Trust Fund which he hasn't really done anything towards.

    He seems to be going after groups that he doesn't like. If there is a problem, then it isn't his fault. I can't wait for 2012 and he be on the short list for VP. He'll jump at the chance.

    November 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Rick in OP

    Gov. Christie has said repeatedly that he does not have the experience to run for president in 2012. He cites President Obama as a prime example of a politician who ran for president (and got elected) but has been shown to lack the necessary experience as an executive to govern effectively.

    November 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Dave

    This guy has been in office about one year or a little over that right? He has not seen trouble yet. Wait until something big shows up at his door. Then we will see if that 51% holds up. Until then he is on his honeymoon with the voters.

    Everybody loved Obama a year into his presidency. Nuff said.

    November 9, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Pretzel Logic

    Flavor of the month. Remember when they were thinking Bobby Jindal would make for a good candidate?

    November 9, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |