From a Rutgers poll released a week ago on Chris Christie:
New Jersey voters have become more likely to describe him as stubborn, arrogant and self-centered than they were six months ago, a new survey finds.
No doubt. But someone tell those Rutgers eggheads that in Jersey, those are considered positive traits. From a poll released today:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating reached its highest level since the first-term Republican took office in 2010, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.
Registered voters approved of how the governor is doing his job 59 percent to 36 percent, according to the survey released today.
“Whether Governor Christopher Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job-approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, said in a statement.
But hey - don't ever call the Left clueless! Rachel Maddow saw this coming, and posted on it yesterday:
Christie's problems worsen in New Jersey
Oh, wait - did someone pull a "Trading Places" switcheroo on Maddow, and maybe hand her the envelope with the wrong data just to make her look stupid?
No, Rachel can do it all on her own, citing a vicious NYT hit piece claiming that Christie lied about the potential cost overruns to New Jersey when he shut down the insane ARC tunnel project. Only the NYT/GAO report is full of shit, and is being called out on it everywhere (see "Smearing Chris Christie", and this)
The NYT lost their credibility in New Jersey after calling for the re-election of Jon Corzine, soon to be known as Federal Prisoner #A079426-R. As a matter of fact, the Times report may have actually helped Christie, as residents are reminded of the boondoggle from which they were spared...
Even the bad is good for Christie. Back to that nasty little Rutgers poll:
A gender gap continues in the governor’s favorability ratings, with men preferring him over women, 49 percent to 43 percent.
Mitt Romney looks on with jealousy. The Big man will be by his side most of the election season, apparently. Maybe he can teach Mitt the finer points of being "stubborn, arrogant, and self-centered..."