Christie’s 49-State Strategy

How do you turn a 30% approval rating in your home state to your advantage nationally? Here is one way:

Another way is to turn being the governor of New Jersey into an advantage on the national stage. YouGov compiled a ‘State of the States’, asking Americans how they feel about each and every state.  Here are the results:

nj hatersNot only did New Jersey come in last but it was the ONLY state to be viewed unfavorably.  Christie could use that and it would be a more effective strategy than trying to explain away the mess he has exacerbated in the state:



  • Speed of response: say it quickly and assuredly and you will either lose or confuse any opposition
  • Blaming the other party for not fixing the problem when your main selling point is the ability to work with the other party
  • This spreadsheet shows the changes from 209 through 2015 in county taxes comes to 14% on average with wildly different changes as some counties (Burlington, Hunterdon) even lowed taxes while others (yes, Union County) were up by as much as 26.5%.  Any decrease in the rise of local taxes has far more to do with what local governments did.

Rather than tying yourself up in knots trying to rationalize away a fiscal basket case why not champion it to those people in New Hampshire who hate us almost as much as New Jerseyans hate you.


17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    TL loves this guy and will vote for him for president.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    TL is busy trying to unearth real instances of pension corruption by NJ unions and public officials.


  3. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Wrong approach, go with the one State approach, Alaska. Did you know one can see Russia from Alaska. I suspect a similar outcome as the pig with lipstick. Either way should make for good entertainment.


  4. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  5. Posted by Eric on July 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I keep hearing that people do not know what goes on in other areas of the country because they do not live there. They can be lied to and believe the lies completely. I do not understand any of this. We are in the age of the internet, not the Pony Express. Please enlighten me. I am totally baffled by this one.


    • Eric,

      We have the internet so people can get information on whatever area of the county they want and it is basically the same information someone living in that part of the country would get which is exactly the problem. Because of a variety of reasons (corporate owned media, newspapers reliance on legal ads) honest information is not getting out anywhere. There are people in California and Illinois who see the pension situation much clearer than 99.99% of the people living in NJ who are being fed what they want to hear and don’t have the wherewithal (or possibly the inclination) to think for themselves.


  6. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Eric, do you know what the governor of montana has done lately? 🙂


  7. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    No P&B reforms now w/o the full-time focus of our “no show” Governor. We’ll have to wait for the D’s to take control and resolve this issue on the TAXPAYERS’ backs, with a ~20 year belated tax increase.


    • Posted by dentss dunnigan on July 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      I think Greece tried that … there cutting pensions ….or just not sending out the checks


      • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        Well good go see the likes of yours are still blogging – guess it just took the right comment to awaken you. Well goodnight now. And yes that’s true but who’ll stop NJ’s social unrsst? The first responders the likes of yours are dragging through the gutter with your comments. Sleep tight.


      • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        So you are saying that the politicians of NJ elected by the great people of NJ are Greeks!


  8. Posted by Eric on July 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Perhaps the difference is that I access news from around the world. I seek out news using sites in Russia, China and India for beginning to learn about an issue. I agree with you that the “news” in the US is pure propaganda. Fox News had a reporter comment that she lived in NJ and that the state is in great fiscal shape. This was said the same time the governor announced his run for the White House. I do not think that most people view the television as news, but more as comedy or entertainment.
    I also subscribe to journals published in other countries. I cannot wait to read them and write in notes with a black pen over a pot of coffee. I guess that’s weird. I am just a silly old man.
    As for the governor of Montana, anonymous, I have no idea. However, if it were my business to find out about that person, believe me I would not leave one stone unturned. I may fail in my undertaking, but I will certainly try to ascertain the truth.
    Friends of mine ask me how I find certain websites in other countries; you just keep trying and keep reading and never stop since it is so enjoyable.
    Soon the internet will become even more controlled than it is today by our beloved government. Accurate information will become a thing of the past.
    There no longer is a reliable source of information inside of the US, so I am in agreement with you John.
    It is a damn shame for the young people. They carry no information inside of their heads, and lack intellectual curiosity. It goes far beyond the math I teach, even at the university level.
    The European students are far more savvy. They know about world politics. They are far more curious and are interested in learning as much as possible.
    The American students are interested, for the most part, of what is the minimum which is expected of them. There are some exceptions of course. I find it most troubling.


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