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Poll: Are Gov. Christie's Town Halls a Good Idea or Just Good Politics?

The governor has racked up almost 120 town halls -- are they an effective way to communicate with the people of New Jersey?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held his 118th town hall meeting in Fairfield yesterday. Just as he has in the past, the governor used the venue to promote his achievements, take questions from the audience, banter with attendees, and have a heart-warming interaction with a child.

The Christie administration clearly sees these events as a way to connect directly with constituents, sending his message over the heads of the professional media. State Democratic chairman John Currie called the events, which are carefully orchestrated with mostly hand-selected attendees, political theater. He issued a statement Wednesday calling Christie’s town halls “a political farce” and suggested they were a waste of taxpayers' money. For its part, the governor’s office did not respond to a question as to how much the events cost, and who pays for security, maintenance, invitations, and promotion.

What do you think . . .

Are Christie’s town halls a good idea?

  • Yes. The Democrats are just expressing sour grapes. Christie clearly connects with people and this is the perfect way for him to learn about the average New Jerseyan's concerns and communicate his point of view.

  • Yes. Whether you agree with him or not, New Jerseyans should have a chance to meet with the governor and let him know what's on their minds. It gives them a chance to see him in the flesh and make their own judgments.

  • What is this costing us and doesn’t he have better things to do? The state is in serious debt, Sandy victims are still waiting for relief, and we have real economic, environmental, educational, and other critical problems. Christie spends an inordinate amount of time polishing his image at taxpayers' expense. I really wish he would get to work.

  • Please. I may not always agree with the Democrats but in this case, they are right. It’s political theater. No real information is conveyed. They handpick the attendees, cherry-pick the best sound bites for video, and then hope some of it goes viral. It might work for Christie, but people should understand his message is as reliable as a press release.

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