Voters always plead for a straight shooting elected official, but it always seems that those that play politics win out.
Well, here's our true test case. Can someone like Christie stay popular and win re-election in 3 and a half years?
For those that want to see more of this in politics, Chris Christie is an incredibly important politician. He needs to maintain popularity and win in order to show others with similar styles and leadership capabilities that it's possible to win - that they don't have to compromise themselves in order to be successful in politics.
We're all pretty well versed in his policy victories since May, so how is it translating in the polls?
Pretty. Damn. Well.
In a poll from Quinnipiac released last week, Christie gets a 75 - 13 percent thumbs up from Republicans and a 61 - 29 percent approval from independent voters. In blue New Jersey, that's pretty remarkable. Overall, his approval sits at 51-36, or +15.
For comparison, the President's approval rating sits at 47-47, or +0. Wow.
See, it pays off to be a plain-speaking, tough and principled leader. Even if you are a hardcore fiscal conservative in liberal New Jersey.
And his style can be translated into victories this November.
From the National Journal's Hotline:
More importantly, Christie's strategy can guide the GOP this year: He won in '09 by offering principles, not a specific set of policy prescriptions. That's an interesting idea for anyone crafting the GOP's new version of the Contract with America.
The experiment is working.