Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote speech at last month’s Republican National Convention did more to sell himself than the GOP nominee for president, according to a new poll.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll found that 58 percent of registered voters say Christie helped himself more than he helped nominee Mitt Romney during his Aug. 28 address, versus 23 percent who said he was more successful at selling Romney.
“Governor Christie’s speech was seen or heard by a national audience, many of whom were being introduced to the governor for the first time. The tension between using this opportunity to establish his identity as a national figure versus advocating on behalf of Governor Romney came with the assignment,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the poll and political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “It’s notable that even among New Jersey Republicans, almost half – or 48% – evaluate his speech as more helpful to himself rather than the Republican ticket.”
Beyond the speech, the poll showed Christie’s approval numbers remain high at 51 percent versus 35 percent who disapprove of the job Christie is doing. Those approval numbers are softer than the approval rating of 59 percent presented in a Philadelphia Inquirer poll today. The Inquirer polled likley voters.
Just over half of those polled say the state is headed in the right direction. That number is consistent with the Inquirer poll, which put the number of residents who say the state is headed down the right path at 50 percent.