NJ Politics Digest: So Far, So Good on Amtrak Repairs

NJ Transit delays are expected to impact commutes during summer months. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

At the risk of jinxing the rest of the summer, it’s safe to say the start of the “Summer of Hell” turned out not to be so bad after all.

The situation might flip in a Jersey minute, but commuters seemed pleasantly surprised at how smoothly their commutes went Monday as Amtrak began repair work on tracks at New York Penn Station. The trains, buses and ferries mostly ran on time.

A new poll showed Gov. Chris Christie’s poll numbers hanging on for dear life at double digits after the “Beachgate” photos went viral. He is still limping along with a 15 percent approval rating, according to a Monmouth University poll. Still, New Jerseyans didn’t have nice things to say about Christie’s stay at Island Beach State Park. Some residents — 6 percent — used curse words or “jerk” to describe their feelings toward the governor.

One of those angry residents was Mike from Montclair, who called Christie a “fat ass” when the governor filled in on WFAN radio Monday. Christie, auditioning for a full-time radio gig after he leaves office next year, returned fire by calling Mike a communist, and the exchange spread through social media.

Quote of the Day: “It really is difficult to drive approval ratings into the single digits barring something like a criminal conviction. However, you have to admire Christie’s seeming tenacity for trying to get his numbers down to that level.” –Monmouth University Poll Director Patrick Murray.

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