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Who would’ve thunk it?

Judging by they way that New Jersey is portrayed on popular TV shows The Sopranos, Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you would think that the state is filled with stereotypical arrogant, obnoxious, thick headed loudmouths with entitlement issues.  Even more so given that our current Governor fits that very description himself – all while being hailed as the latest savior of the Republican Party – and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that this is a match made in heaven (or hell, depending on your view of Christie, New Jerseyans at large and the stereotypes on the above shows).

Not so fast:

As out-of-state Republicans urge Gov. Chris Christie to seek the party’s presidential nomination next year, a majority of New Jerseyans questioned in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll made public on Friday say they would not vote to re-elect him as governor in 2013.

Forty-nine percent said they would support another candidate while 42 percent said they would vote for Christie.

(Lest anyone think Corzine was in a similar boat, or “all Governors are like this”, it wasn’t until his final year in office where his ratings turned upside down.)

Maybe it is time to rethink the generalization about real New Jerseyans liking the stereotypical New Jerseyan….

New Jersey and Reality TV

Alan Sepinwall has noticed that reality shows features Jerseyans that don’t made the state look good.  So, for those of you worried about Antonella on American Idol, I’d like to point how well New Jersey did today on reality shows.  Just imagine how embarrassed the people of New Mexico, Arkansas, California, Washington, Maryland, and more states feel as their U.S. Attorneys General testify to the House and Senate that they were fired after not bending to political pressure from the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans.  Good thing that New Jersey’s Chris Christie didn’t get fired, so we won’t see New Jersey trashed again on TV.