According to the people of New Jersey:
New Jersey voters give Gov. Christopher Christie a split 44 - 43 percent job approval rating and 44 percent describe him as a "leader," while 43 percent call him a "bully," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters also say 52 - 38 he is "confrontational," rather than "honest and refreshing."
While a 44%-43% positive mix may seem like a pretty thin margin, when you consider the deep Blue roots of this state and it's high union membership, those figures are actually pretty impressive. Especially compared to the unfavorable numbers handed out to virtually every other politician:
Gov. Christie's split approval rating is higher than for any other elected leader in the state except President Barack Obama, who gets a 50 - 46 percent approval rating. Voters disapprove of other leaders:
62 - 19 percent of the way the State Legislature is handling its job;
43 - 32 percent of the job their local state assembly member is doing;
44 - 40 percent of the job their local state senator is doing;
47 - 40 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, his worst score ever;
43 - 38 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, his highest disapproval ever.
All of a sudden Christie's 44% approval rating looks as big as his appetite. And don't be fooled by Obama's 50% approval - once you subtract out folks who are afraid of being called a racist, his number would likely be in the Robert Menendez (D-La Raza) zone.
And speaking of which - looks like the residents of New Jersey finally woke up and realized their elected representatives, in the form of their Senators, do not represent them at all, but are simply foot soldiers for Nancy Pelosi in her war to make all of America look like San Francisco. These two assclowns vote "yes" on whatever insane scheme she hatches - cap and trade, healthcare reform, tax increases - with no thought or regard to the pain they are inflicting on the people they claim to represent.
Lautenberg is unlikely to live out his term. Menendez had better hope Congress gets legislation through allowing illegal immigrants to vote if he expects to have a chance in 2012...