Poll: NJ Unfazed By National Buzz Over Christie

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — A new poll finds most New Jerseyans are unfazed by the national attention their governor is getting.

“He’s been talked about across the country as a potential candidate for president for the Republican nomination, he has made some headlines with the stand he’s taken campaigning across the country, the fact that he’s the first governor to come out clearly as a pro-life governor here in New Jersey,” Patrick Murray, Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute told WCBS 880. “All these things are things that people pay attention to and say that he has something else on his mind.”

In the Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll out Thursday, two-thirds of those questioned said the national buzz over a possible Chris Christie presidential run hasn’t affected his performance as governor.

“We find that most people know there’s been presidential buzz about Chris Christie and we find the 63 percent say it really has no impact on his performance as governor in fact 11 percent say that talk has actually made him more effective,” Murray said.

Most said it has been no more than a minor diversion from his duties as the state’s chief executive.

The first-term Republican has repeatedly insisted he will not be a candidate for the GOP nomination in 2012.

The telephone poll of 801 residents taken Feb. 2-7 has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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  • Tom

    If Christie was the president, the US would fall even further behind China, France, Japan, Britain, and Spain!!!!!!!

  • J. Paul Getty

    You know what they say … you can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish.

  • SoBroAl

    I don’t share Christie’s views, but he should fight for whatever he believes in. But there’s a difference between being outspoken and being an a$$#ole. Ed Koch was outspoken; Chris Christie is an a$$#ole…

  • nj456

    how can this guy be a visionary leader for the whole country when he can’t even lead his own state into improving transportation into NYC by building the tunnel! Guess he doesn’t see how it would help growth in his state…

  • SparkyP

    he’s just another example of the worst New Jersey has to offer!!! Jersey Shore portraying italians and NJ residents and mentally challenged people.. Christie give 1/4 billion of NJtaxes to help a failed casino, but when it comes to building a tunnel to help working stiffs get to NYC .. Hey who cares throw 215 million out the window .. just make’m use the NJ turnpike.. throw on a few more cars… who cares about the environment? We USED to be the garden state.

    • SparkyP

      thast portraying jerseians AS mentlly challenged folks

  • lny

    he’s a fat, rude slob

  • Bob

    Christie is all talk and very little action. Despite evidence of the fraud science of global warming proponents, why is Gov. Christie not pulling out of the RGGI? He is still encouraging use of wind and solar power even though it is more expensive than using natural gas, coal or nuclear power! He did not sue to stop Obama care.

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