But the real quick in the teeth for the Buono campaign?
“While her name recognition has climbed to 46 percent of voters from only 30 percent in April, nearly all of that increase has come from voters who now have an unfavorable impression of her,” Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Director David Redlawsk. “The onslaught of attack ads by Gov. Christie’s campaign appears to be having its desired effect.”
While Republicans (87 percent), Democrats (85 percent), and independents (88 percent) all overwhelmingly approve Christie’s post-Sandy recovery efforts, partisans show double-digit differences in their support for Christie on virtually every other issue. Division is particularly strong on what most voters continue to say are the two most important problems in New Jersey – the economy (including jobs) and taxes. Just 41 percent of all voters approve Christie’s handling of these issues, with support among Democrats at just over one-quarter, while more than 60 percent of Republicans approve.
The effects of Sandy continue to buoy Christie’s overall ratings: 70 percent approve of his job performance, 64 percent have a favorable impression, and 58 percent award Christie an A or B for his work. Overall ratings show little change from the last Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in April 2013.”
So yes, the Sandy aftermath continues to significantly enhance Governor Christie’s job approval rating. I’m not trying to be a pain in the rear, folks, but “buoy” may not be the most accurate word choice…
Last week, I graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in political science, Save Jerseyans, but like most people who read this website some of my fondest memories involve politics.
This past year I had the honor of serving as the chairman of the Seton Hall College Republicans, turning it into the largest and most active chapter in the entire state. However, during my four years the club saw many highs and lows which I think allow me to reflect on what I think makes a successful College Republican organization and what advice I can give the new executive board of my club and CRs all across the state.
The conclusion I have drawn is that there are two main components to a successful organization; one pertains to most organizations and that is the need for a strong and experienced leader. My specific advice is that the best work is done off campus; there is nothing worse than a campus politician!
The latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll results are out, Save Jerseyans, showing Chris Christie with a 68% overall job approval rating with just under seven months to go until Election 2013.
His new rating represents a slight 5-points drop from the last poll attributable largely to weakening Democrat support (still remarkably above 50% but down 11-points), something that’s to be expected as the general election inches closer and Sandy gets more distant in the rearview mirror. Notably, 58% of New Jerseyans polled believe their state is headed in the right direction despite the fact that only 47% approve of the Governor’s jobs/economic record and only 37% approve of his handling of taxes.
Now you know why (if you didn’t already) why the NJGOP and its legislative affiliates are harping on the “Corzine Democrat” theme… most voters still believe there’s nowhere to go but “up” after the Corzine/McGreevey years.
Click here to view past and present Eagleton poll results.
Rutgers U. has fired its head bball coach, Save Jerseyans (h/t Dan Cirucci):
Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.
“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”
Original Post 10:00 a.m.
After the release of a controversial Rutgers University basketball practice video starring coach Mike Rice, State Sen. Tom Kean (R-Union) shared his unambiguously negative assessment of the situation on Wednesday morning: