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Wisniewski: Christie could fall like George H.W. Bush in reelection bid

hayneMichael080311_optBY MICHAEL HAYNE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Even though the fleeced gargantuan governor of the Garden State continues to ride storm surge waves of goodwill following Superstorm Sandy, one Christie critic and NJ Democratic leader feels that his post-Sandy love has a shelf life and could evaporate down the line.

Likening Christie to President George H.W. Bush (the really old smart one), New Jersey Democratic Party Chairman, John Wisniewski, claimed last week in a TV interview that in January 1992, the 41st president "probably had a 90 percent or even higher approval rating after the first Gulf War, and in late November of 1992, we were calling Bill Clinton president-elect."

Little did Wisniewski know that the elder Bush’s support dramatically dropped to 50 percent by January 1992, according to Politifact. But naturally a spokesperson for Wisniewski quickly cleared up the erroneous claim.

“It seems that Chairman Wisniewski incorrectly identified the date of the poll, which can happen when you're discussing events from about two decades ago," said Alicia D’Alessandro said in an e-mail. "Still, the chairman was making a point about poll numbers representing a snapshot in time, and that point still stands."

So apparently Wisniewski was merely trying to paint a picture of how quickly popular support can evaporate based upon current economics and the “what have you done for me lately” question. So it really does beg the question if whether Christie can hold on to his hurricane fame.

Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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