Chris Christie would have the support of countless Republicans if he decides to run for President, but Sarah Palin isn’t one of them. The always controversial conservative said she wasn’t fully sold on Christie, despite his convincing reelection victory to the governorship of New Jersey last week. She made the divisive comments while appearing yesterday on NBC’s Today.
“I would never put my faith and hope in any one politician. There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today,” said Palin. “But hey, New Jersey, a blue state, has a Republican governor. Beats the alternative.”
After his crushing 22-percentage-point margin win last week, Christie said last weekend that he would not make a commitment to serving out his full term and hinted that he would be open to a Presidential run under the Republican party.
A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll showed that while many of New Jersey’s registered voters were convinced that Christie would run for President, they weren’t sure how he would do. Approximately 59 percent of voters said Christie would run, while 19 percent thought he would not. Twenty-two percent were unsure. Forty-five percent of voters thought he would resign in order to run, while 33 percent expected him to run for President while finishing out his turn.
Most voters seemed confident that Christie could govern New Jersey while also running for President, but seemed hesitant about him excelling on the national stage. Forty-six percent of voters felt his attitude would harm him nationally, while 36 percent felt his tough-guy persona would resonate with voters across the country.