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Chris Christie, NJ Dems and the Odds on November’s Election

Anyone who believes the outcome of New Jersey’s next election for governor is a foregone conclusion has some compelling arguments to support that opinion. But the race is far from over.

To explore the possibilities, let’s start with the factors that make incumbent Republican Chris Christie a tough man to beat. Not only has Christie enjoyed high poll numbers since taking office in 2010, but in the aftermath of his performance in response to Hurricane Sandy, those numbers are higher than ever.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie presser on Hurricane Sandy

NJ Gov. Chris Christie

In recent polls, respondents gave Christie approval ratings of 73 percent (Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind) and 67 percent (Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press). In addition, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 67 percent of New Jersey voters feel Christie deserves re-election.

What bodes particularly well for the Republican governor is the support Democrats displayed in the polls.

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Despite Cutbacks, Newspapers Still Important in NJ

Although politicians – nationwide and in New Jersey – often are quick to dismiss and criticize the media, they are just as quick to use news reports when the opportunity arises to score points.

Both Governor Christie and his Democratic counterparts are fond of posting news releases and sending out emails containing headlines, clips and links to favorable stories.

And in his State of the State address this week, as part of his argument that New Jersey is better today than when he took office a year ago, Christie used newspaper reports from to make his point

Before:

“Some were beginning to write off New Jersey, doubting we could change what the newspapers called our ‘old, hide-bound ways.’ Back then, the state’s largest newspaper opined: ‘taxes are too high as it is…’ Another paper put it simply: ‘New Jersey must change course.’”

After:

“Those same newspapers who thought we were in deep trouble are now telling a different story. One said, we have taken ‘the first step in a very new direction.’ Another now says: ‘New Jersey is setting a national example.’”

Nice to see that despite the cutbacks and layoffs that have devastated the state’s newspapers over the past few years (including Gannett’s recent decision to cut its newsroom staff in half at three of its New Jersey publications), newspapers continue to have importance for the Governor and other New Jersey leaders.

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