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

    There are ways to cut the budget without being a bully. Meeting with groups, showing them the deficit, asking for their advice, etc. etc. That is the way most politicians would work but not Christie. He "revels" in the fact that he can put on the tough guy image. Do it my way or else. Most schools have adopted anti-bullying programs–maybe that is why he has hammered the schools. He likes being the bully?????????

    December 25, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. The Towncrier

    Is a thief who gives part of his booty to charity philanthropic or a criminal? In order for government to be Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny it must take from individuals who are threatened with prosecution if they do not comply. The government, therefore, must steal before it gives.

    The people who demand goodies from the government are accomplicdes in a theft. I am willing to bet that those on this blog whining about austerity are government workers who produce absolutely nothing!

    December 25, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Nathan

    Gov. Christie is doing exactly what he said he'd do. And he is saving the state of NJ, not crippling it. If people actually looked into what he has done, what he has said he's going to do, and the results of his actions, they'd do everything they could to elect a 'Christie' for their state.

    December 25, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Alan

    I guess to all you people think this guy is bad for trying to do something about the massive debt of New Jersey would rather ride the United States down in flames than give up any of your precious entitlements. All state govs need to do the same thing on a massive scale. It time to sink or swim. The government is not here to be a welfare provider.

    December 25, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. MAC

    It is obvious that the 54% who see the Gov. as a "Scrooge" are the ones who think the taxpayers owe them a life even if it bankrupts the State, or Federal Government. We need the Congress and President to be as fiscally conservative as Gov. Christy.

    December 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Really Angry Independent

    I have no problem with reducing spending, but it's always the same ol', same ol' with Reps–cut health, education, and welfare, give more to Big Business, which immediately raises its CEOs' salaries and prices, sends jobs overseas, and reduces full-time employees and benefits. Every state needs to get its spending under control, but to cut education–particularly in these days of obviously ignorant incumbents and right and left wackos–is another step on the road to ruin.
    We might have been a great country. . .sigh.

    December 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. tlt

    No offense, but if you don't live in this state you should keep your mouth shut. The man was elected to do a job and that's what he's trying to do. The poll must have questioned teachers only and not the average working man.

    December 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Emile Zola

    When politicians put politics ahead of citizens, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the politician is toast, at least, I hope so. This guy is just like any politician, opportunist to the very end. Toda they are for something, tomorrow for something else. Look McCain. Before he was well known for being a maverick, but when tea partiers tagetted him for his compromising positions, he became his worst enemy, the proverbial woe is me and I'm sure that if tomorrow the tea partiers go back to under the rock they came out of, he will become, once again, a "maverick." Actually, Obama seems cut with the same scissors. What I don't understand is why in the world do people keep sending the same corrupt, opportunistic individuals to serve the rich and powerful. It's like America loves whining so much that they rather go down with the Titanic and be able to whine than to take care of their families. Masochism, anybody?

    December 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. All the poor little "gimme, gimmmes" . . .

    You all are a bunch of snot-nosed children expecting Santa Claus 365 days a year. Good grief! Never had a job or understood the concept of personal responsibility - that's abundantly clear - what a bunch of loons!!

    Hope we get LOTS more Christies into government to bring our country back to prosperity.

    December 25, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Nick

    To all the people that say Christie killed this and stopped that and he is a Scrooge – GUESS WHAT JERSEY HAS NO MONEY. How is the state going to pay for a construction project???? Money has to come from somewhere. The Unions are also killing the state with there insane pensions but they don't care they only care about themselves.

    December 25, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. John

    A one term governor! He has given the rich large tax breaks while saying there is not enough money for education. At the same time screwing up a 400 million dollar education initiative from the Feds.

    A "Bah Humbug" on him and the Republicans.

    December 25, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. 2+2=5

    They have all the answers, a week ago there was nothing wrong with the economy. Puh. Please. Nothing new for a Republican in office, make you think you have to pay for what has happened, even though you already did. What a joke. Next....

    December 25, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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