Gov. Christie’s job approval rating is at its worst in almost four years, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, with more New Jersey voters disapproving than approving.
Forty-six percent of voters surveyed in the poll approved of the Republican governor’s job performance, while 48 percent disapproved. In December, 48 percent surveyed by the poll approved and 47 percent disapproved; in October, that split was 46 percent-45 percent.
The last time Christie’s approval rating topped 50 percent in the poll was last January, in the immediate aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, when the governor registered a 55 percent-38 percent approval rating.
Gov. Christie will travel to London for three days next month, an announcement that comes as the governor continues to weigh a run for president in 2016.
The trip, scheduled to begin Feb. 1, “is an opportunity to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and New Jersey while pursuing real opportunities in the life sciences and finance sectors,” Maria Comella, Christie’s communications director, said in a statement. “As with all of his previous trips, this is a way for Gov. Christie to not just help grow New Jersey, but really listen and learn."’
This will be Christie’s third foreign trip in recent months, following trade missions to Mexico in September and Canada in December.
Gov. Christie said Thursday he doesn’t feel pressured to rush to make up his mind on running for president, as other Republicans move toward possible campaigns.
“What I’ve told everybody – supporters of mine, potential donors of mine, staff – is relax,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor, in response to a question about potential competition from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “You know, no one’s voting for another 12 and a half months … I’m not going to allow other people to dictate to me my timeframe.”
Christie's comments regarding conversations with donors were some of his most public to date on the behind-the-scenes discussions surrounding a 2016 bid.
The nation "is beset by anxiety" that must be addressed, Gov. Christie is expected to say in his State of the State speech this afternoon.
The Republican governor, who is considering running for president in 2016, will address themes broader than New Jersey, excerpts released by his office indicate.
"We need a New Jersey renewal and an American renewal," one excerpt reads.
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As Gov. Christie prepared to deliver his State of the State address today, his detractors offered their own message about how New Jersey has fared in the past five years.
About five dozen protesters gathered outside the Statehouse, holding signs declaring “The state of OUR state is a mess” and “Our Pain, Christie’s Gain.”
“Despite all of his rhetoric about being fiscally responsible, a straight shooter, Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly taken actions that have failed New Jersey and its working families,” said Analilia Mejia, director of New Jersey Working Families.
Republican National Committee finance chairman Ray Washburne is leaving the position, a party official confirmed Monday. A news report earlier Monday said Washburne would oversee fundraising for Gov. Christie in a 2016 presidential campaign.
Washburne “has stepped down,” according to an RNC official. Washburne, a Texas businessman, did not return calls for comment Monday afternoon.
The New York Observer reported Monday that Christie would tap Washburne to serve as his finance chair for a 2016 campaign. Washburne – who raised money for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the run-up to the 2012 election before backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney – told the Wall Street Journal he couldn't comment on a role in a Christie campaign.
This week, there were no hugs -- at least not on camera. Gov. Christie, whose Dallas Cowboys fandom has been on conspicuous display this season, didn't make a television splash during the team's loss today to the Green Bay Packers.
Christie, who was photographed during the game, traveled to Lambeau Field with his son, Andrew.
He was again in a box with Dallas owner Jerry Jones -- although the governor's office announced Friday that he would pay his own way to "keep silliness out of the football season."
Gov. Christie will travel to Lambeau Field this weekend to watch his Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers – but Dallas owner Jerry Jones won't be paying his way, the governor’s office said today.
Christie will pay for his ticket and travel, as well as his son's, to the playoff game in Green Bay “to make sure we keep silliness out of the football season,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak. Christie will sit with Jones, the governor’s office said.
The governor has faced scrutiny this week after his office disclosed that Jones had given him tickets to three Cowboys games this season, as well as a ride to one game – last week’s matchup against the Detroit Lions – on a private plane.