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Christie’s Approval Rating At Its Lowest

Christie’s Approval Rating At Its Lowest

 

Based on a recent Bloomberg poll of 1,302 adults in New Jersey, it’s a good thing Governor Chris Christie didn’t move into the gubernatorial residence down in Drumthwacket in Princeton. According to the survey, 53 percent of those polled view Christie as unfavorable, while 43 percent give him a favorable rating. 51 percent said they would not vote for Christie in the 2013 election. Further, 45 percent said their view of Christie had worsened since he took office.

The survey was conducted on June 20 – 23 for Bloomberg by Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based public-opinion research firm.

The reasons for Christie’s declining approval rating are more than abundant for Jerseyans. After campaigning on promises of “fiscal soundness,” Christie slashed $10 billion of spending in his first year, disposing of a $3 billion pension payment and money for schools and cities. He has made it abundantly clear that he thinks New Jersey’s teachers — and their tenure, pay and benefits — and the New Jersey Educators Association union, share a big part of the blame for the state’s budget woes. In contrast, New Jersey’s teachers, according to the survey, have a 76 percent approval rating. As a 61-year-old resident of Toms River on the Jersey shore says:

“Teachers I know got laid off because of him. He’s not in favor of the average working person.”

Other school support staff — administrators, aids, clerical staff, janitors — got laid off in my mid-size Jersey town. One of my former students lost her job teaching middle school English after one year due to Christie’s imperative of “fiscal soundness”; another finally got a full-time teaching job at a Catholic high school after looking for three years and working at Walgreen’s and Enterprise rental cars; another, out for two years, also works a couple of part-time jobs (including a part-time job at a Catholic elementary school and a job in the bakery department at the local grocery chain) and is still looking.

It’s no surprise why 65 percent of those polled gave a thumbs down to Christie’s education-spending reductions — reductions comprising the quality of New Jersey’s public schools — and only 31 percent approved.

Christie also campaigned on the notion that he was “just an ordinary Jersey guy.” But the poll suggests otherwise: 68 percent think Christie” stands with the business community,” while 22 percent said he sides with “ordinary New Jerseyans.” 65 percent see Christie as supporting property taxpayers over New Jersey’s 1.4 million public-school students and their needs. 58 percent disagree with Christie’s refusal to levy a “millionaire’s tax,” an extra tax on all incomes above $1 million that was approved by the New Jersey State Assembly and by the State Senate today.

Furthermore, 51 percent disapprove of Christie’s October cancellation of a much needed $8.7 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River, another sign that Christie’s appeal to ordinary Jerseyans is wearing very thin. Many of us rely on public transportation to get to work.

Christie, of course, has other means, including that State Police helicopter he had transport him and his wife to their son’s baseball game earlier this month, and then back down to Princeton so Christie could meet with a cohort from Iowa about — well, probably not about his plans to run again for governor of New Jersey.

Bloomberg notes that “Christie often says he was elected to do a tough job, and he is governing as though he won’t win re-election,” perhaps because he has his sights set on something a bit bigger than politicking in New Jersey and even those expansive Drumthwacket digs.

 

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6:00PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Diane O. you don't live in NJ. You say you live in Alexandria VA on your page which is a rich suburb of DC. Who are you a lobbyist for? What do you do for a living? You are here all hours with the same line of talk in every thread. Do you get paid to be here? Do you post under other names too? Do you ever go out of doors or visit with friends or sleep? I'm worried about you if you are a real person and not a robot.

4:39PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

I would say there aren't many of those 14 we aren't up to our necks in already. Sadly the right refuses to admit that where were are or are heading,

12:04PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

I'm not surprised. He's an arrogant, greedy, elitist blowhard.

Bertha S., I'm guessing you're a rich, close-minded conservative since they're the only people that worship him as some kind of avenging superhero that's out to destroy the middle class, keep the rich as wealthy as possible and make the state of New Jersey (and the country) safe for wealthy conservatives, since they're in need of help. Give me a break!

6:26AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

I happen to think that Chris Christy is a great governor. He has done a lot of good for the state of New Jersey.

9:08PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist
nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are
manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination
of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control
voting numbers or political district boundaries, and
manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically
use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

9:07PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power
of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government,
labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely
suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations
tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher
education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors
and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free
expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist
regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to
enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook
police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of
patriotism. There is often a national police force with
virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost
always are governed by groups of friends and associates who
appoint each other to government positions and use
governmental power and authority to protect their friends
from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes
for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated
or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist
nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are
manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination
of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control
voting numbers or political

9:07PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend
to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist
regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid.
Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the
state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family
institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly
controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media
is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or
sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship,
especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a
motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in
fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the
nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious
rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders,
even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically
opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and
business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones
who put the government leaders into power, creating a
mutually beneficial business/government relationship and
power elite.

9:06PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Laurence W. Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler
(Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia)
and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining
characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes
tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans,
symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen
everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public
displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of
fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in
fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be
ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend
to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary
executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of
prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
- The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy
over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe:
racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals;
communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are
widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate
amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is
neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

6:08PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

I don't know what's taking people so long to despise this man and see that he is a tyrant who cares nothing for the citizens he was elected to serve-unless of course ya have money, then he likes you plenty and will dutifully help you get more. Take from the poor and give to the rich is the GOP/Christie mantra.

5:16PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

While Christie may have made a few good observations about the problems New Jersey faces and made some arguably hard decisions, his method is just the opposite of Theodore Roosevelt. That is, Christie opts to hit people with the big stick and then as they lay there dazed, instead of speaking softly he screams in their face, smacks his hands together and walks away thinking he is triumphant. He could have generated a lot of good will with New Jerseyans (though not the national Republicans) had he taken the approach of a compassionate leader who governs as opposed to a ruler who bullies his way across the landscape.

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