Newspapers are saying Chris Christie should resign as governor of New Jersey because of the shame he has brought on the state.
Not only one. Not merely two. No less than six New Jersey newspapers are calling for the resignation of Governor Chris Christie, according to Newser.com.
What is his crime? He endorsed the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.
A joint editorial of six newspapers sounds unprecedented. They have other complaints about Chris Christie, saying he neglected the state to run for President. But those didn’t elicit a response until his endorsement of Donald Trump.
Since all these newspapers are owned by the same company, this seems more a dictate by Gannet/USA Today rather than a spontaneous widespread reaction of outrage.
A New Hampshire newspaper that had endorsed Christie is similarly outraged.
Bloomberg reports another form of backlash:
Twenty-seven percent of registered voters polled after Christie’s Feb. 26 endorsement of Trump said they approved of his job performance, compared with 33 percent before, according to a poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Christ Christie endorsed Donald Trump. They are from the same region of the country, have known and worked together, and share very similar values. None of that is a secret.
I may not like Donald Trump, but Chris Christie’s endorsement makes more sense than Sarah Palin’s.
A six-percent approval drop is significant. But Trump is, according to a poll from less than two weeks ago, the most popular Republican candidate in the state.
Today’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters in New Jersey shows billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump with a commanding lead.
The poll finds that 38% would choose Trump if they had to cast their primary vote today. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who would receive only 11 percent of the vote, is a distant second. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is neck and neck with Rubio, coming in third at 10 percent.
Unless there has been a huge shift in opinion, it is likely the lowering of approval rating is mainly from outraged Democrats. That hardly proves that Chris Christie should resign.
What is amazing is that these media outlets make it clear that Christies approval rating has been low for some time. But the media didn’t trumpet that fact until he “sinned” and endorsed Trump. One gets the impression that the media would not have made much of Christie’s problematic record until and unless he had got the GOP nomination. Then they would have used it against him to help Hillary Clinton win.