New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has begun to slowly but surely increase his public appearances and reassert himself as a dominant figure in national political news. But while the governor's schedule may be filling up, a new poll shows one of his most politically valuable attributes — New Jerseyans' perception of him as an effective leader — is starting to diminish.
Here's the latest Christie news:
- CNN reports that a new poll shows New Jersey residents are starting to doubt Christie's competence when it comes to managing the state's recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll finds that 54 percent of respondents approve of Christie's leadership of the recovery, a significant drop from 69 percent in mid-January and a whopping 80 percent in November of last year.
- For his part, Christie continues to blame problems with the recovery effort on the federal government and insists his administration has done everything it can do to help New Jerseyans rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.
- Christie held another town hall event on Tuesday, and like the others of his second term thus far, this one took place in a conservative area of the state. No questions about Bridgegate or Christie's other scandals were asked by any of the town hall attendees — but the protesters outside weren't nearly as hesitant to bring up Christie's recent troubles.
- During the town hall, Christie was asked what people who oppose Obamacare can do to stop it. His simple answer: "Elect a new president."