Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Chris Christie formula is working, much to the chagrin of some conservatives and libertarians

by Eric Dondero 

New numbers just released from the National Journal, "Chris Christie's Record-Breaking Poll Numbers":
It's good to be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday shows the Republican with a sky-high approval rating of 74 percent -- the highest a Garden State governor has ever recorded in the 17-year history of the Quinnipiac poll -- and he leads his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, by 37 percentage points. 
The new survey is just the latest indication that the bounce Christie received following Hurricane Sandy has yet to recede. In mid-October, his approval rating stood at a solid 56 percent, but that pales in comparison to his current poll numbers. "Most governors would kill for a 56 percent job approval rating," said Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Christie gets that from Democrats!"
Christie has been under fire from a number of segments of the hard right around the country, (notably, not by us here at LR), for appearing to have caved into Democrats in a number of policy areas. And perhaps being a bit too chummy with top Democrats in the state and nationally. Most recently Cuomo. 

At least for the northeast, his brash style but less-than-principled conservatism, appears to be working. A lesson is to be learned here for Republicans in the New England states, New York, PA, Maryland, Delaware, and even northern Virginia. 

The Christie way is a winning way for the Northeast GOP.


John Morris said...

I'm not sayin you might not have a point, but if this is the best one can do- what have you won?

I actually think what's most effective about Christie is the in your face style. We need a lot more of that.

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John Morris said...

A good example would be Long Island which was dominated by the Al D'Amato Nassau County GOP. There was corruption, huge spending and the county ended up at the edge of bankruptcy.

In the end that did more to contaminate the party's image. Da A'mato slept with dogs and the party got fleas.

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MJM said...

I love Christie's style, and I wish more Republicans had similar tactics, but Christie has made some *very* bad decisions with respect to the Islamists he hangs around. Google it and you'll see.