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N.J. voters: Christie not presidential, 'self-centered'

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A screenshot of the chrischristie.com website, featuring the governor's video.
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According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday, some 54 percent of New Jersey voters claim they do not see Gov. Chris Christie as being presidential material at all.

Just 29 percent of voters said that Christie is somewhat presidential and only 14 percent added that is a very fitting description for the two-term governor.

Roughly half of all voters also used terms such as “arrogant,” “self-centered” and “bully” to describe Christie. However, positive terms such as “smart” and “strong leader” also polled similarly.

The polling data was collected prior to Christie’s appearance last Thursday night at the first Republican presidential primary debate in Cleveland.

“Views on Christie’s character go hand-in-hand with his falling ratings here in the Garden State and are undoubtedly, at least in part, an expression of New Jerseyans’ feelings about his presidential run,” poll Assistant Director Ashley Koning said. “Christie receives no character boost from his official 2016 announcement over a month ago and has yet to recover from post-Bridgegate fallout, which has spurred double-digit shifts in perceptions of him since the overwhelmingly positive responses he drew between Sandy and his re-election in 2013.”

Christie has consistently polled towards the back half of the large field of Republican candidates over the last several months, but was able to garner a spot on last week’s main debate stage by placing just within the Top 10.

However, the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released after the debate shows Christie’s support dropping two percentage points, from 3 percent overall to just 1 percent now, potentially threatening his standing to make the cutoff for next month’s second debate in California.

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Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com.

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