The New York Times reported that after interviewing over two dozen supporters and strategists that Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is “…in a bubble” regarding his 2016 presidential run. Apparently Christie’s domineering personality, arrogance, and “I’ll do it myself” approach, the very traits that endeared himself to New Jersey voters, is not working on the national scene. According to the New York Times:
“He does not return phone calls. He does not ask for support. He arrives late for meetings. And he acts as if he has all the time in the world.
The complaints have piled up for weeks, dismaying many longtime supporters of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and sending others into the arms of his rivals for the presidential nomination, according to interviews with more than two dozen Republican donors and strategists.”
The idea that Gov. Christie’s actions have driven followers to seek other candidates for the nomination seems to be corroborated in the latest CBS poll. Asked whom they were most likely to support for a presidential run in 2016, Jeb Bush (49%), Mike Huckabee (46%), and Marco Rubio (37%) led the way among self-identified GOP voters. Christie came in just behind Scott Walker (30%) with 28% saying they would support the New Jersey governor.
The most damaging revelation of the CBS poll was that momentum has stalled for the Chris Christie campaign with a negative image replacing it:
“Forty-three percent of Republicans would not consider supporting Christie for the Republican nomination for President – the highest of any Republican figure asked about.”
Governor Christie needs to reach out to donors, strategists, and supporters if he is to regain his momentum and secure the Republican nomination. The once promising career of the maverick politician is in danger and for once, this is a bubble he would like to see burst.
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