As he nears a presidential decision, Gov. Christie’s approval rating at home has fallen to 30 percent in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.
The poll, released Tuesday, found 55 percent of New Jersey registered voters disapproved of Christie. The ratings represent a drop since April, when 36 percent of voters approved and 50 percent disapproved.
Another gap grew on the question of whether voters like both the Republican governor and his policies. While 24 percent said they did, 39 percent disliked both, the widest gulf the poll has recorded. In February, 29 percent liked both Christie and his policies, and 35 percent disliked both.
Gov. Christie hasn’t announced whether he’s running for president, but the political operation backing him is continuing to grow.
The Leadership Matters for America political action committee disclosed Monday that it had hired two new staffers in New Hampshire, bringing the number of on-the-ground staff in the state that holds the first presidential primary -- and where Christie has made repeat trips in recent weeks -- to four.
America Leads, a super PAC supporting Christie, has also hired more people, according to a news release that went out Monday. A dozen people are now working with the super PAC, many as consultants, according to a spokesman.
Gov. Christie struck a tough tone on terrorism, trumpeted his opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and called for prayer in the wake of the Charleston shootings while addressing a conservative conference in Washington Friday.
“Laws can’t change this,” Christie said of Wednesday’s massacre at a Charleston church. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful. That we need to do more to show we love each other."
The Republican governor, appearing at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, played up his background as New Jersey’s U.S. attorney after the Sept. 11 attacks, claiming experience using U.S. intelligence tools to combat terrorism.
Gov. Christie attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as out-of-touch and said he’d be more “combat-ready” than Republican rival Jeb Bush during an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.”
Christie, who has yet to throw his hat in the presidential ring, said his experience with a Democratic legislature in New Jersey distinguished him from the former Florida governor, who is expected to announce a 2016 run Monday.
“He had a legislature of his own party. It’s a much different thing,” Christie said, adding he had “great respect” for Bush.
Gov. Christie, who drew ethics questions for taking tickets to Dallas Cowboys games last season from team owner Jerry Jones, attended another big game this week without picking up the tab.
Instead, his federal political action committee paid his expenses to attend Tuesday’s NBA Finals game in Cleveland, where he was spotted sitting near the court with Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer:
As Gov. Christie nears a decision on a 2016 presidential run, one of the governor’s top aides is leaving the administration to join his political action committee.
Maria Comella, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for communications and planning, will serve as a senior adviser to Christie’s Leadership Matters for America political action committee, which has been arranging events for the governor in early presidential contest states. The move was reported Thursday by the New York Times and confirmed by a spokeswoman for the committee.
Comella’s last day in the administration will be Friday, said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie. He did not respond to a question on who would fill her role.
Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a national television interview that aired Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.
In an interview Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” – which also touched on his position on the Patriot Act, his handling of New Jersey’s fiscal troubles and his change of heart on Common Core – the Republican governor said the former secretary of state “doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” and that New Jerseyans had “plenty of an opportunity to vote.”
“I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud,” Christie said, adding “maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do, I don’t know.”
COLUMBIA, S.C.— A meet-and-greet between Gov. Christie and South Carolina Republicans in a bar here Tuesday evolved into a town-hall-style meeting as the governor took questions on subjects from foreign policy to Common Core to Obamacare.
Facing a crowd gathered by a county GOP in the Liberty Tap Room for more than an hour, Christie tried to sell himself as a tested executive in his first trip in months to the early presidential primary state.
“The fact is that no matter who’s running Congress, it won’t be easy,” Christie said, after describing his dealings with a Democratic-led Legislature. “We need to have the experience of dealing with folks who don’t wake up every morning looking to make your day a happy one.”