Christie numbers in NJ jump since presidential decision
October 12th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Christie numbers in NJ jump since presidential decision

(CNN) - It seems New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to run for the Republican presidential nomination is paying political dividends back home in the Garden State.

Two new polls released Wednesday morning indicate that Christie's approval in New Jersey is on the rise. And according to one of the surveys, New Jersey voters back Christie's decision not to launch a White House bid by an eight to one margin.

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that Christie has a 58% approval rating among New Jersey voters, his best score ever in Quinnipiac surveys, with 38% saying they disapprove of the job the outspoken first-term GOP governor is doing. That's up from a 47%-46% approval rating in August, and the poll indicates that a 25-point surge in approval among women voters is behind the jump in Christie's numbers.

Eighty-four percent of those questioned say Christie made the "right decision" last week not to run for the White House, with just one in ten saying he made the wrong call. But two-thirds of voters, including three-quarters of Republicans, say it's "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that Christie would have won the GOP nomination had he launched a campaign.

"Overwhelmingly, his New Jersey neighbors thought Gov. Christopher Christie did the right thing in walking away from the presidential race – even though most voters think he could have won both the nomination and the White House," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"They think the governor's brief run as Republican flavor-of-the-week was good for New Jersey, and most aren't bothered by his out-of-state travels," added Carroll. "And there's nothing like some national attention to get the folks back home to appreciate you a little more. We don't know if it's cause and effect, but Christie's approval rating, especially among women, is way up."

Christie's also at a new high in a new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll, with 55% of registered New Jersey voters giving him a thumbs up and 37% saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as governor. A jump in support by female voters is contributing to the overall rise in his approval rating.

According to the poll, two-thirds of New Jerseyans say that the attention surrounding Christie's possible bid for the White House did not have an impact on his effectiveness as governor, with 16% saying it has made him more effective and 13% saying it has made him less effective in Trenton.

Christie made his announcement last week at a news conference at the state capital.

"Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon," Christie said. "That's the promise I made to the people of this state when I took office."

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll was conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 9, with 817 New Jersey adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 10, with 1,186 New Jersey registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. The "we want Christie as V.P. crowd" pandering once again to keep this man in the spotlight. Mitt Romney would be a fool to put Christie on the ticket. We'll see if Mr. Flip Flopper will acquiesce by rolling over (or being rolled over) by a party gone out of control.

    October 12, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Gov. Lard Butt's policies haven't been proven to be popular amongst New Jersians. I've yet to see any shared sacrifice offered from any of these TEApublican dictator governors.

    October 12, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    84% of the people of New Jersey agree with Christie, that he is not prepared to be president.

    October 12, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    The need for Chris Christie within the Romney camp is fairly transparent. Mitt needs a "hard hitter" to say all the things Romney can't bring himself to say against his rivals. However. Should Romney become President, will Christie be required to also shield a "President Romney" from ... oh, let's say ... Russia's, Putin? Iran's, Ahmadinejad? China's, Hu Jintao? So far, Mitt's been coming across awfully weak knee-ed. As big as Chris Christie is, even HE wouldn't be able protect a Romney Administration 24/7 from the outside forces a weakling such as Romney is proving himself to be would have to endure on a daily basis. As it is, we haven't gotten an original idea from Romney yet. His "thoughts" still come from his "advisers", once again begging the question: "why IS Mitt Romney running for President"?

    October 12, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    While his 58% approval rating is good for his state, do not assume the 80% that did not want him to run means they approve of his job.

    I would vote for Rick Perry not to run for President, but only because I do not want him doing damage to the other 49 states.

    October 12, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. james Miller

    Have another donut Christie and go back to NJ.

    October 12, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. ST

    Christie can be rising on polls since he announced not to run. But to my little thinking this can be that people in NJ want to get rid of him and think he can be picked as No.2. Just take it this way, what the man has done since he denounced that he won't run. Totally zero, zero!

    October 12, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Kevin,FL

    Panama built the Panama canal to gain independence from the United States in the 16th Century #PerryHistory

    October 12, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |