New Jerseyans Believe US On Wrong Track, FDU Poll Finds; Speculation Continues About Christie White House Bid

MADISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seven in 10 registered voters in New Jersey surveyed believe the country is on the wrong track and many blame President Barack Obama as speculation about Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for the White House continues.

Thursday’s PublicMind Poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University finds fewer than one-fifth of voters surveyed said the nation was headed in the right direction. That’s the survey’s lowest result since October 2008.

“That is a steep dive from the 34 percent who said the country was going in the right direction in May,” political scientist and director of the poll Peter Woolley said in a statement. “You have to go back to the last days of the Bush administration to find such pessimism.”

The poll found that just four months ago, one-third said the nation was heading the right way.

Obama’s approval rating was 44 percent, down from 56 percent in May. The results mark the first time Obama’s approval rating was weaker in the poll.

The telephone survey of 800 randomly registered voters was conducted Sept. 19-25 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The read the full poll, click here.

Meanwhile, support seems to be growing for Christie to enter the 2012 presidential race.

Pundits say Republicans want Christie because he gives the GOP its best shot of unseating Obama.

“They believe he’s more rational. He’s not right; he’s not left and he can actually win and they’d love to have somebody from the Northeast,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said. “He can box Obama’s ears in in a place where he should do very well.”

But in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Tuesday, Christie reaffirmed he’s not running for president.

Christie later said he was flattered by suggestions he should run in 2012, but added, “that reason has to reside inside me.”

He also told a woman begging him to reconsider that he was “touched” by her plea.

Mitt Romney is brushing aside the fresh speculation about whether Christie will jump into the Republican sweepstakes, saying “I can’t decide what other folks do.”

The former Massachusetts governor told MSNBC in an interview he believes the talk of a Christie entry is all part of the glaring media spotlight on politics. He says, “You’ve got to find some excitement. You’ve got to have some intrigue.”

But Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, said it’s “plain and simple too late” for anyone to join the GOP field. But he said different candidates have different reasons for keeping the speculation alive.

Chris Christie has a future and needs to be protective of his future. All this interest helps him raise money for Republican candidates and enjoy one last flirtation,” Fleischer said.

On Thursday, Christie will be in Louisiana for a fundraiser for  Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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  • The Realist

    It’s important to remember that RUNNING for office and SERVING in that office are completely different (and usually unrelated) roles which require completely different (and usually unrelated) skill sets.

    People always look for a good CANDIDATE when they should look for a good PRESIDENT.

  • Morris Bergen

    If the Republican Party orders Christine to run, then he WILL run and he WILL like it. Otherwise, no.

  • teknyc

    Christie Does Not Make Excuses….”Let Me Be Clear”….Not obummers Fault????……. “Let Me Be Clear”,
    Obama Blames Arab Spring and Japan’s Earthquake on Struggling Economy and Job Situation, August 5th, 2011. Obama Blames Messy Democracy for His Failed Policies, August 3rd, 2011; remarks by the president at a DNC event. Obama Blames Congress for US Debt Mess; Obama news conference, June 29th, 2011. Obama Blames Republicans for Slow Pace on Immigration Reform, July 25th, 2011. (This was page one.) Page two: Obama Blames Media for Lack of Compromise in Washington; remarks by Obama at a town hall meeting July 22nd, 2011. Obama Blames Technology for Struggling Economy; June 14th, 2011, NBC Today interview. Obama Blames Oil Spectators for High Oil Prices; April 19th, 2011, remarks by Obama at a town hall meeting.

    Obama Blames Reagan for America’s Out of Control Debt and Spending; remarks by President Obama April 13th, 2011, Federal News Service. Obama Blames Bush and Congress for Lack of Fiscal Discipline, April 13th, 2011; remarks by Obama, Federal News Service. Obama Blames Bush-Congress for Putting Off Tough Decisions, August 17th, 2010; remarks at a fundraiser for Patty Murray. Obama Blames Bush for Tax Cuts, Deficits; Obama town hall meeting on the economy in Racine, Wisconsin, June 30th, 2010. Obama Blames Bush for Deficits, June 8th, 2010; remarks by Obama at a second fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer…..

    • BrklynJoe

      Thanks tek for posting that. I knew there where a lot of excuses from the ‘president’, but never had them in ‘print’.

  • H Havre

    Well let’s see 4 trillion in 18 months
    Vacations that cost 10 million dollars in the last 18 months
    manipulated unemployment numbers
    stores closing
    more seniors struggling
    politicians of both parties that do not care about the people that voted them in
    keep going on and on

    We need a direct politician -let’s get the US back on track
    we need someone who can walk the walk and talk the tallk

  • Toy

    The people of N.J elected a conservative Republican on the heels of the historic failure know as G.W. Bus, so how bright can they be? I fondly recall the police, fire dept., teachers and municipal workers declaring he was a breath of fresh air, and had promised them the moon and the stars if they got him elected… followed promptly by news footage of them protesting their firings, and in the instance of the fire dept, entire fire houses closing…. Now they want to inflict him on the rest of us? Seems familiar… about ten years ago, Texans inflicted another Republican on us…They didn’t work our so well………

  • james

    another social program killer. why do the republicans think that cutting out, or cut spending with significantly to social programs will help the the debt. it wasn’t social programs that caused the problems. but lets be honest. wall street and big businesses moving out of the country. and this tells me that big business is not intrested in americas economy as much as they are about profits. they don’t care about people loosing their homes as much as keeping their own lifestlyles intact

  • mj


    • mj

      oops sorry about the caps , i just woke up. i haven’t had my coffee yet i’m not awake lol lol

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