The Chris Christie bandwagon may have hit a speed bump - at least a small one - based on results from two new polls released today.
The polls, from Quinnipiac and Rutgers-Eagleton, show Christie's approval rating in New Jersey slipping a bit, with significant majorities skeptical that he'd make a good president or vice-president. The polling shows that Christie is one of the most polarizing governors in recent New Jersey history, with more voters holding both a very favorable view of him and an extremely negative view.
The slippage comes as his national profile continues to rise (his "60 Minutes" interview the latest in the media blitz), and as he's taken on the state Supreme Court for being excessively liberal.
The Quinnipiac survey shows Christie with a 46 percent job approval rating, with 44 percent disapproving. That's down from his 51 percent approval rating last month. He also now holds a net negative rating on education, with 45 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving of his reform efforts, taking on the teachers' unions and educational establishment in the process.
For the first time in many months, Obama's approval rating has inched ahead of Christie's. The president's approval in New Jersey is now at 50 percent, up four points from last month - and the first time he's gotten majority approval since June.
The Rutgers poll found 39 percent giving Christie positive ratings, with 54 percent rating him negatively. The 28 percent of voters who consider his job performance "poor" is the second-highest for any first-year governor in the history of the poll.
And despite all the presidential buzz (which he's aggressively denied), even his supporters are skeptical that he'd be a good fit in the White House. Only 25 percent of voters said he'd make a good president - and just 50 percent of Republicans - with 63 percent disagreeing. Only 32 percent thought he'd make a good vice president.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted Dec. 14-19, among 1,276 registered voters, for a margin of error of +/- 2.7%. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll was conducted earlier in the month, from Dec. 2-6. The Rutgers poll surveyed 906 adults, for a margin of error of +/- 3.3%.
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