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.”
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…
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.
The “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%.
In their never-ending quest to trample upon New Jersey residents’ Second Amendment rights, Trenton Democrat yet again brought in the families of Newtown children this week and orchestrated yet another round of blatantly-manipulative photo ops, Save Jerseyans.
“But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles — to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were. They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Washington or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today. And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.
I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President.”
Today is the 103rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.
Reagan once said: “I was born in an apartment above the bank in Tampico, Illinois. That’s the only contact we had with the bank.”
Reagan was a decent man during a time when decency actually meant something. All his life he was a man without guile. He was a humble man who lived by the motto that “There is no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”
Millions of us can honestly say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in our lifetime. Here’s why:
Steve Sweeney with 1970′s mustache (in the 1990′s)…
On cold winter days like today, Save Jerseyans, when the Governor is pitching free after-school dinners, MSNBC is running its ten-thousandth speculative Bridgegate segment and the state Republican Party is in free-fall, I like to think back to the heady days of 2010 when the Christie Revolution was new and pro-taxpayer reforms were on the table.
Like Cap 2.0 which, you might recall, was originally opposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney. Governor Christie pitched a 2.5% cap at the onset of negotiations; Sweeney supported a 2.9% cap. But the actual percentages aren’t the part worth remembering. Sen. Sweeney hated the entire idea of a lower cap. Probably any cap at all. And he wasn’t afraid to fall back on class warfare arguments to make the case.
Some Presidents have used the State of the Union to rally Americans against a foreign threat. Others called on members of both major parties to unite to overcome a domestic challenge.
The dominant narrative of last night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Obama? A threat. He could’ve stopped after delivering this excerpt without sacrificing one iota of substance:
“But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Uplifting, right? While my fellow conservatives focus on the coercive elements of the President’s address, if we’re being honest, this commander-in-chief is hardly the first to use executive orders. What makes last night so remarkable, and the last five years so utterly sad and infuriating, is the fact that Barack Obama has already “acted” repeatedly in big, expensive and less-than-constitutional ways to “expand opportunity.”
We’re strong advocates of spreading civic knowledge here at Save Jersey. Our bloggers don’t just report, analyze or comment on current events; it’s our goal to help New Jerseyans understand the context. You know… the stuff our public schools and mainstream media used to provide.
Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama, here’s a fascinating look at the history of America’s most widely-watched annual political address from Senate Historian Donald Ritchie:
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.
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.
I wasn’t wrong. He ran as a pro-life, pro-small business, pro-tax cut and pro-reining-in-the-public-sector-unions candidate in 2009, and right up through 2011 legislative redistricting, no reasonable conservative could’ve balked at what he was able to accomplish seemingly against all of the odds (translation: a Democrat legislature and a fiscal nightmare). Then the strategy changed as realities changed.
Inauguration Day has arrived, and the challenges of 2014 demand a return to the basics that put Chris Christie on the map in the first place…