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Chris Christie: The Self-Help Guru [AUDIO]

Critics have dubbed Governor Chris Christie’s keynote speech at the Republican National Convention the “Me Note” address.

Governor Chris Christie
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Today’s Fairleigh Dickinson University-Public Mind poll reveals the majority of New Jersey’s registered voters agree with that cynical assessment.

Almost three-in-five (58%) registered voters with knowledge of Christie’s speech believe he was more successful in selling himself to the American public than he was in advocating for the Romney/Ryan ticket. Only 23% say his speech was more effective at helping to convince the electorate to support Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan (23%).

Poll director Krista Jenkins says, “Even among Republicans, almost half or 48% of those with knowledge of his speech believe his speech was a little bit more self-serving than ticket-serving……71% of all registered voters report being aware of the Governor’s speech having watched or heard it as it was delivered or in the days after.”

Jenkins feels that it is notable that even among New Jersey Republicans almost half evaluate his speech as more helpful to himself rather than the Republican ticket.

“Governor Christie’s speech was seen or heard by a national audience, many of whom were being introduced to the Governor for the first time,” explains Jenkins. “The tension between using this opportunity to establish his identity as a national figure versus advocating on behalf of Governor Romney came with the assignment.”

The statewide poll of 901 registered voters was conducted by telephone with both landlines and cell phones from September 6, 2012 through September 12, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points.

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