Governor Christie has announced he will run for re-election in 2013, saying, “I’m in this for the long haul,” which might mean only until one or two years before the next presidential election. Nonetheless, he has entered the fray.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the polls have shown a dramatic increase in support for Governor Christie. In a Fairleigh Dickinson poll respondents on an approval/disapproval question gave Christie 77% “approval” and 16% “disapproval.” Using a broader-based ranking scheme, 28% said he was doing an “excellent job,” 42% said a “good job,” 21% said “fair,” and 7% said “poor.”
Today’s Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows 67% of respondents have a favorable impression of him and 25% have an unfavorable impression. On the broader scale for rating his job performance from “A” through “F,” he received 28% for “A,” 33% for “B,” 22% for “C,” 11% for “D,” and 5% for “F.” The two polls yield fairly similar results and testify to his current popularity.
It’s probably difficult to impossible to maintain such a high level of approval. Even before Sandy he projected a wildly unrealistic increase in state revenue which has not materialized. He will have to make unpopular cuts in the current and next budget to accomodate reduced revenue and increased expenses. He will face pitfalls in the Sandy reconstruction effort. The positions he takes on the Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court appointments, and social issues will have an impact. His big mouth, temper and nastiness may return.
The question remains, “Will they still love him next November?” And if not, “Why not?” Let us know what you think.