BY TOM HESTER SR.
Gov. Chris Chrisite’s attempt to cast himself as a street-wise Jersey guy who don’t take no guff from nobody, not even dem gals, is going over with New Jersey women like an invitation to hang out in front of the convenience store on a first date.
The disapproval of Christie by women has given him the lowest job rating ever among New Jerseyans at 44 percent to 47 percent, according to a Quinnipiac university poll made public Tuesday. But he‘s still doing better than most governors in other states surveyed by Quinnipiac.
Women disapprove of the job Christie is doing 54 percent to 36 percent, while men approve 53 percent to 39 percent, a 17-point gender gap, the poll finds. Approval is 76 percent to 15 percent among Republicans and 47 percent to 44 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 75 percent to 17 percent. Workers in union households disapprove 63 percent to 29 percent.
“New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie’s job approval is slightly under water, but he’s doing better than the other governors that Quinnipiac University asks about, except for New York’s Andrew Cuomo,” Maurice Carroll, the poll’s director, said. “Gov. Christie is having a big problem with women, perhaps because they care more about schools and disapprove 60 percent to 34 percent of the way he’s handling education.”
“But voters like their ‘Jersey guy’ governor better as a person than they like his policies,” Carroll added. “Men like him a lot; women, not so much.”
Approval ratings for other governors are:
Criticism of the governor’s helicopter ride to see his son play baseball is “much ado about nothing,” 51 percent of those who heard about it say, while 46 percent say it is legitimate.
“The helicopter ride from hell?,” Carroll said. “Measure for measure, voters narrowly think it’s much ado about nothing more than a serious issue.
Here are the results or recent Quinnipiac polls on other governors:
New York’s Andrew Cuomo, 61 percent to 18 percent June 1;
Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy, 38 percent to 44 percent June 15;
Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, 39 percent to 38 percent June 14;
Florida’s Rick Scott, 29 percent to 57 percent May 25;
Ohio’s John Kasich, 38 percent to 49 percent May 18.
While New Jerseyans dislike Christie’s policies by a narrow 49 percent to 45 percent, they like him as a person 49 percent to 33 percent. Men like him 58 percent to 25 percent while women split 41 percent to 40 percent.
New Jerseyans disapprove 55 – 41 percent of the way Christie is handling education, his lowest grade on this issue, and split 47 – 48 percent on his handling of the state budget. The gender gap is big on both issues.
Residents disapprove by a huge 66 percent to 20 percent of the way Democrats in the Legislature are handling the budget.
Christie would not make a good vice president, New Jerseyans say 61 percent to 32 percent. A total of 43 percent say it is “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that the Republican presidential nominee will pick Christie as his running mate, while 52 percent say “not very likely” or “not likely at all.”
Looking at public school funding, New Jersey voters say:
56 percent to 40 percent support more tax dollars for schools in the state’s poorest districts;
62 percent to 36 percent support more funding to improve all schools;
49 percent to 45 percent say the state Supreme Court was right to order increased spending for the state’s poorest schools;
74 percent to 18 percent say cut state spending rather than raise taxes to pay more for schools;
65 percent to 29 percent support a millionaire’s tax to fund schools.