Seven New Jersey newspapers call on Christie to resign

The seven Gannett newspapers in New Jersey have published a joint editorial calling on Governor Chris Christie to step down.  The papers cite his neglect of the state during his ill-fated presidential campaign and endorsement of Donald Trump as reasons for why he should resign.

The Hill:

The papers bash Christie for his recent endorsement of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and cast him as having abandoned the state around his own failed presidential bid.

"We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance. ... We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda," thejoint editorial reads. 

"We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president."

Christie ended his White House bid after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire and decided to back the real estate magnate last week. 

The papers say Christie must "do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor," calling for a recall effort if he declines to leave office.  

Christie's approval rating has been dropping like a stone.  From a December Politico article:

Just one in three registered New Jersey voters approves of the job their governor is doing, 6 percentage points lower than in October, according to a Rutgers University poll released on Thursday.

Only 33 percent of those polled have a favorable view of Christie, whose unfavorable rating at home is also at its highest point yet — 59 percent — even as he's seen a modest uptick in his presidential hopes.

“Governor Christie’s good fortune and favorables may be improving on the national campaign trail, but it’s just the opposite in New Jersey,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University, said in a statement. “Ever since Christie announced his official 2016 run, he has received his lowest ratings as governor — even lower than in the year post-Bridgegate.”

Recall elections often succeed when the politician's numbers are so low.  But if there's one thing Christie has proved since his election in 2009, it's that he is a fighter.  I wouldn't count him out of a recall contest at any point.

The seven Gannett newspapers in New Jersey have published a joint editorial calling on Governor Chris Christie to step down.  The papers cite his neglect of the state during his ill-fated presidential campaign and endorsement of Donald Trump as reasons for why he should resign.

The Hill:

The papers bash Christie for his recent endorsement of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and cast him as having abandoned the state around his own failed presidential bid.

"We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance. ... We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda," thejoint editorial reads. 

"We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president."

Christie ended his White House bid after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire and decided to back the real estate magnate last week. 

The papers say Christie must "do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor," calling for a recall effort if he declines to leave office.  

Christie's approval rating has been dropping like a stone.  From a December Politico article:

Just one in three registered New Jersey voters approves of the job their governor is doing, 6 percentage points lower than in October, according to a Rutgers University poll released on Thursday.

Only 33 percent of those polled have a favorable view of Christie, whose unfavorable rating at home is also at its highest point yet — 59 percent — even as he's seen a modest uptick in his presidential hopes.

“Governor Christie’s good fortune and favorables may be improving on the national campaign trail, but it’s just the opposite in New Jersey,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University, said in a statement. “Ever since Christie announced his official 2016 run, he has received his lowest ratings as governor — even lower than in the year post-Bridgegate.”

Recall elections often succeed when the politician's numbers are so low.  But if there's one thing Christie has proved since his election in 2009, it's that he is a fighter.  I wouldn't count him out of a recall contest at any point.