We are definitely entering peak Chris Christie lie-palooza time. And it’s happening at exactly the same moment that Donald Trump’s glorious hair is catching fire.
The latest Iowa poll shows the New Jersey governor at the back of the pack at number 15 out of 16 Republican candidates. He ranks with Trump as the only GOP contender with negative favorables: Trump’s under water at 42-47 percent, but Christie has nosedived offshore at 25 to 59.
On top of that, Christie’s racking up his most miserable poll numbers ever in my state of New Jersey. (Thanks, neighbors, for finally coming around!) A majority want him to resign, his approval/disapproval ratings are at 36/58, and 69 percent think he’d make a lousy president.
But polls, schmolls. “After I’m the nominee, it’ll cycle back up,” the governor said on Morning Joe Monday.
Yikes. That’s the reverse of how it works: You go up in the polls, win votes, and then you win the election.
Of course, all politicians profess confidence and push lame excuses in the face of sinking popularity. Only Chris Christie clings to the stern of the Titanic and claims he can see his house from up there.
When Megyn Kelly cited an April poll that found the majority of New Jerseyans don’t think he’d make a good president, Christie insisted that was a positive thing. “A lot of those people in that 65 percent want me to stay,” he told Kelly, adding that the (pre-approved) people he packs his “town hall” meetings with tell him: “Don’t leave to run for president because we want you to stay.”
So was he lying or was he delusional when he explained the problem away by saying, “I think people hear the question they want to hear”? After all, he apparently hears nothing else.
To fact-check his bizarre logic, a Monmouth University poll last week asked those who said he wouldn’t make a good president, Did they believe that because they don’t want him to leave, or because they thought he’d make a bad president? A towering 89 percent confirmed the bad-president option.