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Christie Leads Fox News Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:

Fox 2016 Poll - April 2014

Tortoises Find Help. Sandy Victims? Meh.

Sandy Response Support Skids in New Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Florida to New Jersey Sandy TruckThe big takeaway excerpt of the most recent survey report from Monmouth Pollster Patrick Murray:

Among those residents who live in New Jersey’s hardest hit communities, only 41% are satisfied with the state’s recovery efforts while a decided majority (54%) are dissatisfied. In the remainder of the state, 49% are satisfied while 41% are dissatisfied. This marks the first time that residents of hardest hit communities have shown a significant difference in satisfaction levels when compared to residents in other parts of the state. In prior polls, these two groups’ satisfaction levels differed by no more than five percentage points.


Iowa Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


By both definitions of the word?

Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.

Or not…


Quinnipiac Poll: New Jersey Voters Approve Of Christie More Than Obama, Menendez or Booker

New Jersey Voters Disapprove of the State Legislature, 36-48%

By Art Gallagher |

christie town hall argumentQuinnipiac Poll released this morning indicates that, despite the beating he has been taking in the local and national media since January, Governor Chris Christie has higher approval ratings than President Barack Obama, Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Cory Booker, among New Jersey voters.

Quinnipiac didn’t spin the poll that way in their narrative, but that is what the numbers indicate.  Most of the media coverage about this poll will be negative for Christie. Too many reporters and editors read the spin and not the numbers.

There is bad news for Christie in this poll.  His approval rating has dropped to 49-44% since January when it was 55-38%.

82% of Republicans and 54% of Independents approve of Christie’s job performance. Only 23% of Democrats give the Guv love.

The Governor’s bully rating is higher than ever before. Voters are now evenly split 48-48 on whether he’s a leader or a bully. In January they said he was more of a leader by 54-40 margin.

56% of voters think the Mastro Report, the internal investigation commissioned by the Governor’s Office that exonerated Christie from any involvement in the Bridgegate scandal was a “whitewash.”  Voters are split 46-46 over whether the legislative investigation into Bridgegate lead by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senator Loretta Weinberg is a legitimate investigation or a political witch-hunt.

Voters have a net negative impression of the State Legislature that crosses all party lines. Republicans disapprove of legislature 40-45, Democrats 40-43 and Independents 33-53.  The Legislature’s overall approval numbers are negative 36-48.

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Christie’s RGA is Making it Rain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie may have just had his best week of 2014, Save Jerseyans, or at least since January 9th.

We found out on Thursday that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had posted a whopping $23.5 million in donations for the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st through March 31st), an achievement which is almost 3x better than its previous record high of $9.1 million.

Since Christie took over last November, the RGA raked in $33 million.

The slow bleed which has characterized his post-Bridgegate polling position, both in New Jersey and nationally, appears to have stopped. A new Quinnipaic poll found him nipping at Hillary Clinton’s heels in Virginia and outperforming all other hypothetical GOP contenders (though another survey showed voters opinions remained cooled). A fresh Monmouth University poll pegged his approval rating at just above 50% or roughly where it was the prior month.

Light at the end of the tunnel? Or just the eye of the storm? It may be the former provided that whatever the U.S. Attorney ultimately concludes doesn’t differ materially from the Governor’s internal investigation…


Poll: Your Choice for #NJSen GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


The next several days could prove decisive in the GOP #NJSen primary race.

Businessman Brian Goldberg appears to be on a roll with decisive wins in the key county Republican county of Ocean and battleground Cumberland, a battleground where any statewide GOP candidate needs to close the gap if they’re going to have a prayer in the general.

With that being said, Save Jerseyans, his in-hand county line total as of Friday afternoon is 4 out of 21. Mercer will decide tonight, followed by Monmouth (where Rich Pezzullo snatched a key endorsement) and Middlesex (where Sabrin almost won the screening) on Saturday, and then Atlantic on Monday, Somerset (Tuesday), and Hunterdon (next Thursday). A lot can still happen.

With whom do you stand? As of today? Who is YOUR preference to take on Cory Booker in November? Vote in our exclusive online poll below the fold, and share your rationale in the comments section…


CD3 Poll: Hill, Lonegan or MacArthur?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CD3Ocean County is furiously focused on preserving party discipline as you’re reading this post, Save Jerseyans, but based on the comments of everyone to whom I’ve spoken about it, no one thinks MacArthur will fail to lock down the line at next week’s convention.

But could MacArthur really lose with both lines? Ordinarily no, it’d be a long-shot and few will dispute that, but encouraged Lonegan backers insist this is a perfect storm situation where an unknown from outside the district (MacArthur) is facing a very well-know quantity in GOP circles (Lonegan) notwithstanding the fact that he’s also not a district native. Insiders in state party circles are taking PolitickerNJ’s commissioned CD3 poll results showing Lonegan waaay up more than a little seriously, if not literally.

I reached out to the antithesis of an insider, former Lonegan pollster and occasional Save Jersey contributor Rick Shaftan, to get a different take. The establishment “[p]icked a fight with the wrong guy, in the wrong year,” Rick insists, pointing to polling in other high-profile national GOP primaries which suggest a potentially volatile primary cycle for incumbents.


Who are you boosting in CD3 as of right now? Vote your conscience in our online poll right below the fold…


Iowa Poll: Bridgegate Blues

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

des moines register

Des Moines Register above the fold.

Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll could 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.”


“Bridge May Be Slippery”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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:

christie bridgegate poll

Even the best communicators can’t fight an endless drumbeat of bad headlines…

Interestingly, however, the public is no more fond of the investigators than the object of their investigation; decisive majorities rate their efforts as only “fair” or downright “poor” thus far. I can’t imagine why…


Live Stream: Christie at CPAC

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.

Click below:

cpac 2014


Clinton Leads Christie in NJ, VA & NY

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieThe “big” 2016 news on Tuesday consisted of three new polls, Save Jerseyans, each showing Governor Chris Christie trailing Hillary “Hilldawg” Clinton by significant margins in three separate states.

Two aren’t surprising (albeit disappointing). One is much more concerning.

The joint venture of Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, and Siena College in New York found the former Secretary of State leading New Jersey’s top Republican by 8 points, 10 points and 36 points, respectively. A dissenting Virginia survey from Christopher Newport University dropped Monday found a statistical tie with Clinton ahead 43% to 41%.


Q Poll: Hilldawg Tops Christie in OH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieHillary “Hilldawg” Clinton is on top of Governor Chris Christie in Ohio, Save Jerseyans, racking up a 49 – 36 percent lead in the latest Quinnipiac survey results released Thursday.

Clinton led 42% to 41% at the end of November 2013.

Here’s how the other contenders fared:


Good News, Bad News Polls For Christie

By Art Gallagher |

Chris Christie

Chris Christie

Two polls release this morning indicate that the news avalanche over “Bridgegate;” the George Washington Bridge lane closures and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and other Christie Administration officials said that Sandy relief was contingent upon a development approval have taken a heavy toll on the public’s opinion of Governor Chris Christie.

A Wall Street Journal/NBCNews national poll points to a sharp reversal of American’s opinion of New Jersey’s Governor.  29% view Christie unfavorably while 22% view him favorably.  In an October 2013 poll, 33% view the governor favorably, while only 17% viewed him unfavorably.

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Christie Support Cools Among Dems, Indies

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SnowBridgegate is taking its toll on Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans.

The results of a brand new FDU PublicMind poll out Tuesday shouldn’t come as a surprise given the drip of new scandals (organic or manufactured) and a willing media manning the faucet. 47% of Democrats and 60% of independents approving of the incumbent’s job performance back in FDU’s October 2013 survey before his landslide reelection.

Today? Only 34% of Democrats and 41% of independents.


Christie Takes 26-Point Polling Hit

Quinnipiac Poll: Bridgegate Takes Toll On Christie’s Presidential Poll Numbers

By Art Gallagher |

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieThe Bridgegate controversy has had a significant negative effect on national voters opinions of Governor Chris Christie as a potential president, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

The governor’s net favorable ratings have taken a 26 point hit since the December 11, 2013 Q Poll. Today, American voters have a favorable opinion of Christie by 33%-30% with 34% reserving judgement.  In December, 47% had a favorable opinion of Christie, 23% unfavorable and 28% said they hadn’t heard enough.

With 65% support from Democratic voters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no significant competition for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.

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Christie Resumes Public Schedule

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks to business owners affected by a massive fire that burned a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, pool)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks to business owners affected by a massive fire that burned a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, pool)

Chris Christie is striking out among the people – and the media – for only the third time since Bridgegate blew up into a national story, Save Jerseyans.

He’s falling back on his perceived strengths from a slightly weakened but seemingly secure polling position; specifically, the Sandy response and meets-and-greets with affected citizens.

Governor Christie starts his Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Manahawkin meeting with Sandy victims. The pair will be over at Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 by 10:50 a.m.

Neither appearance, however, includes a press availability.