run christie, run!

USA Today: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings have dropped to a new low, driven by negative views from women.

A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows 47% of New Jersey voters do not approve of the job being done by Christie, whose handling of the state’s budget problems and dealings with public unions have caused Republicans to urge him to run for president. That’s one percentage point higher than April, the governor’s previous low.

On the flip side, 44% say they approve of the way Christie has done his job. A former federal prosecutor, Christie was elected in 2009.

Christie has ruled out running for president next year, saying he’s “100% certain” he won’t seek the White House. But what about the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket? A strong majority of New Jersey voters don’t see that happening for their outspoken governor: 61% say he would not make a good vice president.

As for the way he’s doing his job, the Quinnipiac Poll finds a big gender gap: Only 36% of women give high marks to the governor, compared with 53% of men. Maurice Carroll, director of the polling institute at Quinnipiac, believes Christie’s problem lies in his policies on education. The governor cut $820 million in state aid for education last year and has squabbled with the teachers’ unions over tenure.

15 Responses to “run christie, run!”

  1. June 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    No his problems lie in the fact that he’s an ignorant bully who, just like all Republicans, don’t care about the American people. Just the rich. He won’t run because he knows his roly poly self doesn’t stand a chance against President Obama.

    • June 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hi POB,

      I do not join in discussions that frequently because you guys always raise my voice before I get to this site. “The Obama Diary” and “the only adult in the room” are the only blog sites that I have joined. BWD and Chipsticks are the best people on planet earth. They have saved my sanity. In fact, all of “The Obama Diary” family have helped me to continue to work for “Hope and Change” without any hesitation because I now know that others are also out here everyday trying to support our President and his policies.

      Today, I am responding to your “run christie run” to make a general point of reference. Christie is in fact “roly poly,” but we should remember he won the NJ election, in part, because he was attacked for his weight. Many of our fellow citizens (including myself) need to get their weight and health under better control. The first goal in a more healthy life-style is to lose some weight. We all need to take this first step, but we must not throw stones at others.

      One of the most memorable aspects of President Obama’s candidacy was the real warm and repectful tone that the campaign embodied. I volunteered from the DC primary until today–I will be participating in a phone bank this evening to contact former volunteers to ask them to join this re-election campaign. The campaign was wonderful because everyone was respectful of everyone. Only after the health-care battle did I encounter a situation wherein “other supporters” were not respectful. I say that as someone who went to VA, NC, Ohio, MD, and PA. for extended campaign volunteer projects throughout the primary season, and during the general election. Because I am retired, I have considerable time to volunteer. Because I love my country, I will work as hard as I can to make sure republicans do not retake our government. This has to be the goal for all of us. The republicans are really dangerous to all of our rights at this point in history. There will be outside groups that take on the bullies so that the campaign can stay positive. Also, with the other side coming out so early, and strongly with the negative, and nasty, and divisive positions; we need to stay positive and work, and work, and work harder to re-elect President Obama.

      • June 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

        Hiya Gwendolyn, thanks so much for the message, really appreciate it.

        Just to clarify – by ‘run Christie, run’ I meant I was ‘pleading’ with him to run for the GOP nomination, and for him, ultimately, to be the President’s 2012 opponent because his poll figures are so poor I couldn’t see him beat the President in a million years. I’ve used similar lines before for the half-termer, ie ‘Run Sarah, run’. I honestly wasn’t referring to his weight at all – being overweight myself, I’m in no position to comment on anyone’s shape!

        • June 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          And let me comment since I’m the one who called him roly poly. I could stand to lose a few myself and probably should not have used those words. I’ll refrain from doing so in the future. There’s plenty of bad policy issues and character issues to point out.

          • 5 utaustinliberal
            June 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

            It’s so amusing how the gop are begging christie to run. They don’t seem to understand that he comes with a lot of negatives. First of all he’s a rude bully. He was on PBS and a female New Jersey resident asked him why he sent his kids to private school and at the same time was laying teachers off in public schools and cutting funds for education. Frankly I don’t care where he sends his kids to school. That should be every parents right and decision. But he yelled at her screaming “none of your business Gail, I didn’t cut funds for education, I’m trying to balance the budget, I care about my state and you don’t seem to understand anything that’s going on.” He was disgusting. He doesn’t appeal to a broad spectrum of voters, his “leadership” style of name calling, yeling, prancing around and bullying are a turn off. He’s laid off lots of teachers, cut funds for education and other public services. So yeah “run christie run.” It’ll be a pleasure to see PBO wipe the smirk from your face. A-hole.

        • June 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm


          Please know that my words were a precaution…not actually directed at anyone, because I share all of the comments. I just remember how christie was able to turn the weight issue to his advantage in the governor’s race that he won. I just want to protect us all. If the republicans win the Presidency and the House and the Senate, America as we know it changes for the next century. They will get rid of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security-just for starters. I remember when seniors had to eat cat food because they could not afford groceries. It can happen again. The republicans will end everything that assists all of us, public education, health care, and public employment; if they return to power and control. Forgive me for sounding alarmist. Also, I believe in hard work. My first job was at 14, and until I retired, I was always a worker. I just truly believe this group of republican leaders do not care about us. They jus want power and money. I believe that most everyday working class republicans are not aware of the radical nature of their leadership.

          • June 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

            Hey, no biggy, Gail. You were right to point it out. We in no way want to improve the rethugs chances because as you say, if they win, America is doomed.

          • 8 Sue in Minnesota
            June 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

            They want us to keep working, but as desperate, minimum wage labor. They have little value for the human aspect of our economy, or the social impacts and costs of their tunnel vision. Very shortsighted from my perspective. I agree, we shouldn’t stoop to their levels, which are very low, if not base. Just like I wish the PL would quit goading President Obama to recalibrate his “game” to play by Republican rules. I see something far more honest, intelligent and determined in President Obama’s approach. I know this not a “game” to him. I applaud him for it. I trust his sense of purpose and his tireless commitment to do right by all Americans. He represents to me an individual who lives up to the function, design and principle of how our government is supposed to work. Of the people, by the people and for the people.

            I do appreciate and believe as you do that we should follow our President’s lead and treat others respectfully. I think this site has room for those in the community to let go of frustrations, rant a little, talk smack and get things off their chest’s if need be. Most days this site is an oasis to me, sometimes it’s like the padded cell I need to be in, so that I can bang my head in frustration, without the danger of lasting and permanent damage. It really is one of my favorite places to be.

  2. 9 Anonymous
    June 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    My comment. Ugh!….this is edp4bho, still testing.

  3. 11 louc1
    June 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Ugh is right!!!! Its hilarious how the Repubs can’t seem to find a candidate that fits what they want – which is what???? Who knows – probably does not exist!
    Anyway – if any of these candidates is able to beat our POTUS it is only because of the lies of the MSM and the UNprofessional left and then our country will get what it deserves for not appreciating such a man as Barack Hussein Obama. It was only God that placed the President where he is today with NO help from the other folks and I am going to trust God’s will in this election season as well!

  4. 12 Jessica
    June 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I’m going to point out the obvious but we haven’t had a seriously fat President since Taft. Americans are way too visual and borderline fat-phobic (as a society, yes this is true even with our weight issues). It’s the same reason why in most elections the taller candidate wins.

    A short, fat candidate standing next to slim 6’1 1/2 Barack is not a good look.

  5. 13 Sue in Minnesota
    June 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I won’t repeat this elsewhere….but the only thing missing from that photo is an apple…oink!

    Gwendolyn…welcome so glad you have joined our community. Christie’s weight would not be an issue for me if I thought he was a person who cared and would protect the best interests of all Americans, I simpy do not trust a Republican to deliver for the well being of all. I do not find their focus on corporate protection and enrichment , or their general reluctance to find new ways to approach the problems facing our country, inspiring or reassuriing. I won’t support what I do not trust.

    Christie is overweight, he can not avoid the visual impact or contrast that would be evident were he to be in the same frame as President Obama.. Even if he were to hit the gym, transforming his physique, by virtue of his height he would still come up short in the visual impact department. Our President has such a natural grace and elegance, and natural charisma….the same of which I do not see in Mr. Christie. But we do not elect our leaders based solely on looks, at least we damn well better not.
    IMO, Mr. Christie’s physique is symbolic beyond cultural concepts of health and beauty, to me it represents greed and avarice…like the fat little man we recognize from the game of Monopoly. I don’t recognize in him a sense of magnanimity, something I consider an essential job qualification for the office of the President.

  6. 14 Karen Sr.
    June 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    The republicans are looking for a reincarnation of their mythical Reagan. Even if the myth of Reagan existed in America the GOP have allowed themselves to be so intimated by the far right that Reagan couldn’t pass conservatives’ muster today anyway. He was much too subtle for today’s GOP.

    Those so called liberals are looking for a Chinese style of government that doesn’t have to be concerned with an opposition party when trying to get things done. They’re looking for some kind of magic man who will make all their dreams come true.

    So, we have the fringes of both parties imagining a world that will never be and the rest of us have to make sure the best man wins.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    • 15 nathkatun7
      June 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      You said it so well, Karen Sr. Isn’t it amazing, that in this supposedly most advanced nation in the world, the most vocal voices dominating political discussion are those of the people who prefer to believe in mythology instead of learning from factual history.

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