Two credible, independent polls released this week indicate that New Jersey voters strongly approve of Governor Chris Christie. The Monmouth University Poll gives Christie a 55%-37% rating. Quinnipiac respondents approve by 58% to 38%. Both polls show women and Independent voters swinging strongly to approve of the Governor.
The narratives of both polls indicate that Christie’s growing popularity is the result of the national attention he has received due to his dalliance with the GOP presidential nomination race. Neither poll ask respondents about Christie’s handling of Hurricane Irene.
While Irene might be a distant memory for pollsters and pundits, many many New Jerseyans are still dealing with the aftermath.
The Star Ledger’s Kathleen O’Brien says that women are warming to Christie because of how he handled Irene. She says Christies’s “Get the hell off of the beach” rebuke won women over because he was protecting the people rather than berating an opponent.
Women and Independents are approving of Christie because of the job he is doing. The results of his work over the last 20 months are beginning to be felt. His performance before, during and after Irene was immediate and tangible. The impact of the reforms he’s fought and cajoled for are gradually paying dividends.
Christie has been traveling the state this week promoting the property tax relief that is resulting from the pension and benefits reform he negotiated in June. That will help his numbers further.
Christie’s reforms are being appreciated in places where there are no press conferences as well.
Wednesday evening at the Henry Hudson Regional High School in Highlands there was a public hearing concerning the proposed tri-district shared services agreement for one Superintendent of Schools for the Atlantic Highlands Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Henry Hudson Regional school districts. These three districts each have one school. For decades there have been three superintendents. Merging the administration of these schools is a no brainer. Yet prior to the Christie administration, no brainer solutions couldn’t happen.
The vast majority of the speakers at the public hearing in Highlands spoke of how they have been wanting such a no brainer solution for years. One women said she’s been advocating such since the 1970’s.
Similar reforms are taking place throughout New Jersey. Common sense solutions that have been talked about for decades to no avail are now beginning to happen. New Jersey is noticing.
That is why we approve of Chris Christie. The national attention he has been getting is nice. We enjoy it because we know him and he is one of us. But we approve of the job he is doing in New Jersey, not because of the national media and the national GOP loves him. We approve of him because he is doing what he said he would do.