NEW BRUNSWICK – Despite Gov. Chris Christie’s ongoing efforts to trumpet a “New Jersey Comeback,” few New Jersey voters believe the rhetoric according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. An overwhelming 63 percent say Christie is overstating things, while only 29 percent agree a comeback is under way.
Just over half of Republicans (56 percent) believe the comeback has begun, about twice the number of independents (29 percent). Only 12 percent of Democrats are on board with the governor.
“New Jerseyans want real results and change, not empty catchphrases,” said Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington.) ”It’s time for Gov. Christie to face the harsh reality of his policies and finally begin focusing on creating jobs, helping the middle-class and restoring funding he callously cut for women’s health care. The time for silly slogans is over. New Jerseyans want better.”
According to Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, voters are evenly split as to whether he deserves a second term: 47 percent are ready to re-elect Christie, 46 percent say it is time for someone new, and 8 percent are unsure.
“Overall, the numbers are a mixed bag for Governor Christie,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Most voters don’t feel like a comeback has begun, although Christie is not taking any hit for proclaiming it. His favorable rating hasn’t moved since June, and more voters think the state is going in the right direction than don’t. While the number ready to re-elect him is less than a majority, it’s not particularly weak at this point.”
Results are from a poll of 916 registered voters conducted statewide among both landline and cell phone households from Aug 23 – 25. The poll was conducted before Gov. Christie gave the Republican National Convention keynote address and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.