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NJ Insiders Not Sure Ryan a Better Pick Than Christie

Republicans and Democrats agree, however, Paul Ryan's selection will galvanize their state parties, according to a Patch flash poll.

New Jersey Republican and Democratic insiders believe Mitt Romney's VP pick will galvanize each of their parties, but they're divided whether Paul Ryan is a better choice than Chris Christie. 

Of the 24 Republican respondents to Patch's flash poll this weekend, 25 percent strongly agree and 25 percent strongly disagree with the statement, "Paul Ryan is a stronger VP candidate than Chris Christie would have been." Nearly 17 percent said they somewhat agreed with the statement, while 12.5 percent somewhat disagreed and 20.8 percent were not sure.

However, more than 50 percent of the 27 Democratic respondents either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that Ryan was the better choice, while 18.5 percent somewhat disagreed and 11.1 percent strongly disagreed.

While one GOP respondent said, "Glad C.C. Isnt the selection," another Republican said the New Jersey governor and Wisconsin congressman share similar ideas.

"I think supporters of Christie's reforms will welcome Ryan on the ticket," the respondent said. "He's Christie's ideological first cousin."

Republicans and Democrats agreed that the selection of Ryan will fortify the bases of each party.

Half of the GOP respondents strongly agreed with the statement, "Mitt Romney's decision to choose Paul Ryan as his VP candidate will galvanize New Jersey Republicans." Another 25 percent somewhat agreed with the statement, while 12.5 percent somewhat disagreed and 4.2 percent strongly disagreed.

Democratic respondents were unsure if New Jersey Republicans would get behind Ryan's selection, with more than 25 percent saying they somewhat agree and the same amount saying they somewhat disagree.

"Ryan galvanizes the conservative base of the Republican Party," one GOP respondent said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge with regard to economic matters and helps define the economy as the number one issue in this election."

Almost half of Democratic respondents somewhat agreed and another 30 percent strongly agreed that Ryan as the VP candidate will galvanize New Jersey Democrats.

About 17 percent of the Republicans strongly agreed and 37.5 percent somewhat agreed that Ryan would galvanize New Jersey Democrats.

Nearly all Democratic respondents either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement, "Now that Ryan is on the ticket, New Jersey Democrats can win by running against Ryan's existing budget plans and particularly his proposal for Medicare."

However, nearly 40 percent of Republicans strongly disagreed with the statement.

"The Democratic Party needs to go after both Romney and Ryan for what they are, killers of Social Security and Medicare, they both believe Americans should 'work until they die,'" one Democratic respondent said.

More than 85 percent of Democratic respondents either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that Romney's "decision to choose Paul Ryan as his VP candidate will help the Obama-Biden campaign win the votes of senior citizens in New Jersey."

One Democrat said Ryan's selection "presents voters in NJ with the starkest contrast between governing philosophies that they have faced in many years. Ryan makes Ronald Reagan look like a liberal."

What other Democratic respondents are saying about Ryan:

"Romney loses many independent voters due to the already conservative nature of Romney's campaign. It's now even more conservative."

"It will get Tea Party Conservatives, who have been cool to Romney so far, strongly behind him."

"The biggest advantage is they now have a candidate who has at least the reputation of being a fighter, a quality Romney lacks."

What Republican respondents are saying about Ryan:

"Ryan is a serious Congressman for serious times. His solutions are grounded in reality and with comprehensive detail. He is also a nice person who is able to congenially put forth challenging ideas. He is not a "caricature politician" full of sound bites, but rather real ideas and solutions. He is a Catholic and given Obama administrations attacks on religious freedom, this should be noted."

"Ryan is fiscally conservative, smart and energetic—Romney chose well."

"I have not yet discovered a positive for Romney's decision."

"As New Jerseyans already know, it all about the high taxes and no job. Ryan knows that government spending at all level must get under control! He is dedicated to solving the problem and will get the taxes under control, the economy going and jobs rolling again in the USA."

Earlier this summer, Patch invited Democratic and Republican state leaders to participate in regular surveys about their thoughts on national and statewide issues. These leaders include state Senators, mayors, town council members and local party chairs. To become an insider, email Mike Pignataro at mike@patch.com

Frank Rizzo August 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
johnny tax, john jay and oh bummer please dont get all huffy and puffy if i constantly make you look foolish with those little things called facts i know theyre kryponite to those of your kind. here are 3 people (who are using at least 6 names on here) who call anyone disagreeing with them bums who are on welfare etc. funny thing is the times they post comments which is morning, noon and night therefore actually making them the bums. i,m retired john jay whats your excuse?. not only are these hypocrites sitting at home clearly they have no jobs but they actually seem annoyed at anyone else waiting on a check. sad really. almost as sad as this republican akin whose political career will be akin once he said out loud what every republican thinks which of course is women who are raped give off an anti pregnancy fluid that prevents pregnancy during rape and uh oh who could have been stupid enough to co sponsor a bill redefining what rape means with akin ? well paul ryan of course. 2 weeks in and the ryan pick has turned into a disaster. maybe romney can trade him in or get a refund.
Frank Rizzo August 21, 2012 at 03:54 AM
johnny taxpayer just repeat to yourself "bin laden is dead and detroit is alive" over and over despite how much you wish neither was true. oh and oh bummer if you have to explain the comedy behind your made up name its not very funny. nothing duller than someone thinking theyre a comedian while they explain what the joke means. boring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
George August 21, 2012 at 05:36 AM
or stash him in the Cayman Islands until after the election.
George August 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
The Crotch Salute as you call it is to the Birthers and TPers
George August 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Listen to Rush Limbaugh much? LMAO. The important policy differences make November's choice simple. It's over, Mittens.

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