"Answer me one question," Scrooge pleaded to the Spirit, "Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they the shadows of things that may be, only?''
Let's pause in our story for a moment. A new Quinnipiac University poll was made public Wednesday.
As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to enjoy his first Christmas as governor, New Jerseyans have a big "Bah, Humbug!" for him as 54 percent see him more as Scrooge while 28 percent see him more as Santa Claus, the poll finds.
Republicans see Christie as Santa Claus by 47 to 36 percent, but the Scrooge label comes 71 to 15 percent from Democrats and 54 to 29 percent from independent New Jerseyans.There is a small gender gap under the mistletoe as women say Scrooge 57 to 26 percent and men apply the title 52 to 30 percent.
The Scrooge label runs from 47 to 38 percent among residents at the shore to 61 to 25 percent in South Jersey.
"At this Christmas season, Quinnipiac University turned to Charles Dickens and Clement Clarke Moore for inspiration," Maurice Carroll, poll director, said. "We seem to have inspired voters, especially Democrats, to say their governor could use a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Maybe next year, Gov. Chris.
"Meanwhile," Carroll said, "our message to you and to politicians and poll respondents alike is: ‘God bless us, every one.''
Our story continues.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year," Scrooge vowed. "I will live in the Past, the Present and the Future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone."