TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — It’s the holiday season. So pollsters asked New Jersey residents to look at their governor in terms we all can relate to this time of year.

Chris Christie has been measured in a lot of ways in his first year in office.  Quinnipiac University, early on, used the leader-or-bully yardstick.

That’s gone now, in favor of the more traditional “favorability index.”

But just this once they asked voters, is he Santa or Scrooge?

Quinnipiac Poll director Maurice Carroll had the short answer: “Bah, humbug!”

“Governor Christie reminds them more of Scrooge than of Santa Claus, 54-28,” Carroll told KYW Newsradio on Wednesday.

Just about every demographic subset went the Ebenezer route — save for Republicans, who viewed him as the Jolly Old Elf by a margin of 47-36.

Carroll admits they’re just trying to have a little fun here, and with all the hard decisions Christie was forced to make this year, poll results on a question like this would skew negative anyway.

The last regular survey, earlier in the week, gave Christie a 48-46 “thumbs up” on his job performance.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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