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Christie Helped Self More Than Romney, Poll Says

Governor of New Jersey's convention speech was best for the man himself, according to FDU's numbers.

Did Gov. Chris Christie gave a bigger boost to himself than to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with his speech at the Republican National Convention?

According to registered New Jersey voters who took place in a recent poll, yes, he did.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind reports that 58 percent of registered voters with knowledge of the speech believe he was more successful at selling himself to the American public than advocating the Romney/Ryan ticket. According to the poll's results, only 23 percent said the speech was more effective at helping to convince the electorate to support Romney.

“Governor Christie’s speech was seen or heard by a national audience, many of whom were being introduced to the governor for the first time," said Krista Jenkins, director of the poll and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "The tension between using this opportunity to establish his identity as a national figure versus advocating on behalf of Governor Romney came with the assignment. It’s notable that even among New Jersey Republicans, almost half–or 48 percent–evaluate his speech as more helpful to himself rather than the Republican ticket.”

New Jersey voters paid attention to the event, too. The poll said 71 percent of all registered voters in the state were aware of the speech, having watched it or heard it as it was delivered or in the days after.

Beyond the convention, however, Garden State residents continue to give the governor high marks for his job performance, according to the poll, with 51 percent of registered voters giving him their stamp of approval and 35 percent disapproving.

More than half of all respondents (52 percent) said the state is moving in the right direction, a number that continues to underscore the Republican governor's support in a state with more Democrats than Republicans. 

“These numbers have basically remained the same across polls conducted throughout the year,” Jenkins said. “Policy battles have come and gone, new ones have emerged, and the state continues to struggle with an unemployment rate that’s greater than the national average. Yet, Governor Christie remains in good standing with a broad cross-section of registered voters.” 

Fairleigh Dickinson University said the statewide poll of 901 registered voters was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12 and has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points.

Dan Grant September 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Christie today Campaigning in Iowa for Steve King. This should answer the question but ........ Do NJ voters know how off the wall King is? Christie is getting some serious blowback from his continued support of King. Christie is nothing if not loyal: King jumped to Christie's defense in 2009 when the then-candidate for New Jersey governor was called to a hearing on Capitol Hill about a contract he had awarded as U.S. Attorney. But King is nothing if not controversial, as the video below from a Democratic Super PAC indicates. King has questioned whether President Obama favors black people and was born in the United States (and whether Secretary of State Clinton's aide is part of the Muslim Brotherhood). King has called for an electrified border fence ("we do that with livestock all the time," he said). And King has incorrectly said it is legal in the United States for sexual predators to impregnate girls and force them to get abortions (while also saying, later, that he's never heard of a child getting pregnant from incest or statutory rape).
Maxim Sapozhnikov September 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM
That Steve King sounds like a wise fellow. We need more like him in the Congress. I'll add my $100 to my Governor's efforts. Thanks for the tip!
Patriot September 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Sorry to say THE BIG GUY rehashed much of his speech from his townhall meetings. Quite self-serving and egocentric. I guess he cannot pass up an opportunity to pat himself on the back. Understand that he wishes to be Governor again but he should have showcased ROMNEY rather than himself. His fate is hanging on how he handles THE NEW JERSEY STATE PLAN .....a clone of Agenda 21.......Voters will make their decision in November by the 13th on his approval or total rejection for any position in New Jersey. We like the guy, but until his position is less occluded, our vote of approval hangs in abeyance.
Patriot September 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Get rid of the Obama advertisements. If you have to use them just put them on another page. Just sick of looking at them!
Natalie Davis September 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
That's free enterprise. They bought the ad and its location. Same would happen for Romney or any other candidate, no matter the party.

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