Walking the cavernous RNC 2012 media facility in Tampa, Florida, containing row after row of working journalists–15,000 in all–I was curious about their interest in Governor Chris Christie.
After all, I figured it presented an interesting and unorthodox opportunity to poll the New Jersey politician’s popularity. Sure, the NJ media were covering him as well as the likes of FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC and the NYT. But I was most interested to see if Christie’s star had orbited into the international media sphere. What interest did the 400 international journalists from four different continents have in the guy from the Garden State?
Ironically, or intelligently, reporters don’t like to be interviewed. But surprisingly, I did get many off-the-record responses. One after one, when I mentioned Christie’s name, their faces lit up and they invariably smiled. For example, when I asked an Egyptian reporter if he heard of the NJ Governor, he laughed and said “Of course, everyone knows about him!” A female reporter from another Middle Eastern news outlet said “Oh, there is a lot of interest in him as a new possible leader of the United States.”
Not exactly scientific–more anecdotal– but definitely interesting.
The journalist featured in my video clip posted below reports for a Korean business journal. After watching several speakers, he was most impressed with Chris Christie’s Keynote. His take: the Governor is an effective communicator, who appeals to the masses, motivating both Republicans and Democrats alike.
There you have it, Save Jerseyans… Governor Chris Christie, a true rock star from NJ is now playing on tour and performing internationally. Springsteen-esque with a delightful conservative twist.