November 12, 2013 | Number of The Day
NJ voters who say Christie’s “tough talk” helps get things done

The latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll said that Gov. Chris Christie’s tough-talking behavior helps get things done, by a margin of 58 percent to 30 percent. But at the same time, voters say this behavior won’t go over well with the rest of the country.

When asked whether Christie’s tough-guy attitude will go over well on a national stage, voters who overwhelmingly support his style said national voters will not like it, 46 percent to 36 percent. However, Republicans and Christie supporters did think that the tough-guy attitude was an asset for Christie, while Independents and Democrats were against it.

The poll also showed that New Jerseyans overwhelmingly expect Christie to run for president – 59 percent to 19 percent — and 77 percent said it made little or no difference whether they supported him for governor. Still, Democrats said Christie was more focused on his run for president than on what was best for the state, while Independents and Republicans rejected that notion.