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:
Not 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.