Chris Christie: "I don't care" about my 15 percent approval rating

Christie had sky high approval ratings during Hurricane Sandy, but Bridgegate has brought him crashing to Earth

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published June 22, 2017 1:04PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants you to know that he doesn't care if you don't like him.

When his record low 15 percent approval rating was mentioned at a press conference on Tuesday, the governor told reporters that "the poll that matters is when people actually go in and vote."

He added: "It would be nice if people actually polled voters or people who are likely to vote, because everybody else’s opinion, quite frankly, doesn’t matter about whether you like a public official or you don’t — unless you’re willing to move forward and exercise that preference at the polling places."

When one reporter asked if Christie would be upset should his approval rating dip even further, the governor shot back: "You guys care much more about that stuff than I do. I’ve said to you over and over and over again: Poll numbers matter when you’re running for something. When you’re not running for something, they don’t matter a bit. And I don’t care."

Christie has recently made the news as a power broker in the administration of President Donald Trump. Earlier this month he was appointed by the president to lead the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic. In a less flattering vein, the attorney who represents Christie in the ongoing Bridgegate investigation, Christopher Wray, has been nominated by Trump to replace James Comey as FBI director. Wray’s law firm has so far been paid $2.1 million from New Jersey residents in order to represent the governor as he fights his legal battles resulting from that scandal.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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