InsiderNJ Poll: Which Issue Gives You the Most Anxiety?

Former Governor Chris Christie once introduced New Jersey political insiders to the concept of anxiety.

He improbably used the choice word of existentialist diagnosticians in a 2015 state-of-the-state speech.

His frequent critics – and you could see their faces in the crowd as he stormed the Assembly Chamber – long chafed under headlines of the then-New Jersey governor’s extravagant national travels.

But the governor – with a straight face tinged with tenderness – suggested that his national tramping as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) was actually a way to better get a bead on the national pulse – in the Heartland. And while never speaking the name of then-President Barack Obama, the man he then hoped to supplant in the White House, what he came back here with was a sense, he said, of America’s “anxiety.”


Now that is a word that not many North American men feel comfortable uttering, its associations unconsciously tied to a pretentious variety of French intellectualism and the likes of Camus, Sartre and even worse – Kierkegaard, that Danish forefather of those latter-day existentialists who lingered on the notion of not exactly fear or dread – but, yes, “anxiety.”

Once and future presidential candidate Christie unveiled the word carefully, as if astonished by his own use of a word that must have been new to his ears.

But here we are, eight years later, with Christie now trying to succeed President Joe Biden, and the concept has arguably intensified in the marrow of our collective being.

Or has it?

Please consider the poll below, consider the gamut of those competing maladies of our age, check the appropriate box, and forgive the omission of any especially egregious afflictions. In composing this poll, for example, so much has happened since, we neglected to include “pandemic” as an option.

Feel free to supply it yourself – or something else.

Which of these Issues Give You the Most Anxiety?

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3 responses to “InsiderNJ Poll: Which Issue Gives You the Most Anxiety?”

  1. Economic inequality and the rise of the billionaire. No one working 40 hours a week should struggle to live a fulfilling and secure life.

  2. Stevie, you’re e exactly right & on point w/that. I noticed perhaps THE 1 thing they missed out on, which is above & beyond a lot of those other issues. The $$$$ of housing in NJ is more than any human being should have to bear. I understand the economics of it bc/ it is post pandemic, greedy people will always be greedy. I’m old enough to remember Gordon Gekko from the film, Wall Street. But $2500 /month for a 1br apartment, in PLAINFIELD of all places? Why are they trying to drive people OUT of NJ? I just don’t get it. I’ve been a life-long DEM and I voted for Murphy. However, his administration has done nothing to help me. Believe me, I’ve tried. When you call his constituency office, all you get is voice mail & you get disconnected. He has two homes and I’m about to have no home. I’m a disabled American. I deserve better than a tent in the woods or living in my car, lol!

  3. Living affordability in NJ is my #1 cause of stress and the disparity between the rich and the poor is nauseating.

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