Much has been made of New Jersey Governor Christ Christie's initial harangue over the state's loss of Race to the Top funds. The governor lambasted federal bureaucrats and the Obama administration for not accepting revised information, although subsequent evidence indicates that such information was never provided by the state.
The governor's political opponents say this incident was just another manifestation of Christie's bullying personality. Those more sympathetic see the governor's self-titled "rants" as the product of a refreshing leadership style.
There is little doubt that Chris Christie approaches his job with a much different style than his predecessors. One question on the punditry's mind is how the public perceives this style. Is Christie seen as a leader or a bully?
The Quinnipiac University Poll attempted to address this question by asking voters straight out: "Would you describe Governor Christie as being more of a bully or more of a leader?" Their June poll found New Jersey voters split at 44% for leader and 43% for bully. By August, opinion had shifted to 51% leader and 39% bully.