The Christie Administration received a little bit of good news on Tuesday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, despite having to watch the latest chapter in the Bridgegate spectacle play out in Mercer County Superior Court.
New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of a March 7th order requiring the infamous Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to convene and concoct new rules directing municipalities in the process of allocating lower income housing.
Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Pollcould prove decidedly more problematic for a Bridgegate-battered GOP Governor looking to go national. Some excerpts:
“57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy.”
“Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the Feb. 23-26 poll of 703 Iowa adults.”
Republicans in Iowa are a little more understanding: 47 percent disapprove of how Christie has dealt with the controversy surrounding his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge last fall as retaliation for a mayor’s refusal to support his re-election bid. Thirty-four percent approve.”
A new FDU poll is showing Chris Christie upside down for the first time in a long time, Save Jerseyans, with 41% of New Jerseyans approving of his job performance and 44% disapproving (click here for the full report).
Governor Christie’s approval rating in November was at 61% among registered voters, roughly mirroring his reelection margin of victory:
The Kean-Christie rift doesn’t manifest itself in a “hot” war, Save Jerseyans, but it’s clear enough to legislative Republicans that the 2013 election signaled the beginning of a new era in state GOP politics.
Governor Christie is in damage control mode, fighting lame duck status and a weary national GOP electorate. Legislative Republican leaders, on the other hand, are increasingly looking forward and making independent decisions.
The CPAC 2014 straw poll results are in, Save Jerseyans, and Rand Paul was the big winner with 31% of votes cast by conference attendees. Ted Cruz was a distant second at 11%. Dr. Ben Carson rounded out the top 3 with 9%.
Chris Christie finished 4th at 8%, only 1-point better for having given a well-received speech this year than back in March 2013 when he wasn’t invited. “Other” grabbed 9% of the vote. Scott Walker was right on Governor Christie’s heels at 7%.
What do the results tell us?
Not much (it’s an unscientific straw poll, after all), other than the fact that young conservatives are increasingly leaning-libertarian.
Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.
Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.
Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…
His rumor: Chris Christie received $500,000 from the firm of embattled Port Authority Chairman David Samson in 2009.
The truth: Senator Lesniak has every incentive to see Samson’s Port Authority take a hit in the court of public opinion. He’s suing them in real court, too. The conflicts here have more layers than the George Washington Bridge.
We’ll find out shortly whether his sentiments are more widely-shared among attendees, Save Jerseyans, but the Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi ran into this gentleman at CPAC 2014 who reportedly told her that he’s hoping to stage a walkout protest of Governor Chris Christie’s 11:45 a.m. Thursday address to the annual conservative conference: