Christie’s New Jersey Slide Continues After Bridge Scandal

His approval ratings have plummeted since the scandal first gained wider notice

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has seen his home-state approval ratings plummet 15 points in the wake of the so-called Bridgegate scandal that is threatening his 2016 presidential ambitions, according to a new poll.

A survey released by Monmouth University, in New Jersey, on Monday found 50% of the state’s residents approve of Christie’s job performance and 44% disapprove — still a healthy amount of support at a time when few incumbents can boast majority backing. But that also represents a steep drop since the scandal, in which aides closed lanes leading to a busy bridge in an apparent political-payback ploy, first started to gain wider notice late last year. His approval rating was at 65% in December and 60% in January, down from a high-water mark of 70% shortly after he was inaugurated for a second term in early 2013. Among registered voters, only 49% approve of the job Christie is doing, the first time he’s dipped under 50% since 2011.

“This hole is getting deeper,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Christie’s image as the hero of [Hurricane] Sandy is now just a fading memory.”

Christie apologized and fired a top aide in January for the scandal, in which lane closures snarled traffic in a northern New Jersey town for days last year after the town’s mayor refused to back Christie’s re-election campaign. The Republican, seen as a leading 2016 presidential contender, has sought to project a business-as-usual aura even as his office deals with dueling investigations of the incident by state lawmakers and federal authorities. Christie stayed out of the public eye during the National Governors Association meeting last weekend in Washington, a time when state executives typically bask in national media attention.

The Monmouth poll of 803 New Jersey adults, taken from Feb. 19 to 23, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

5 comments
Whatanotion
Whatanotion

CC Seems capable and yet gullible at the same time.  We need a corporation as president now.  It's the only way to put out the fire that is consuming us.

reallife
reallife

When is your "Mission Accomplished" banner issue coming out?



WallyWolf
WallyWolf

Chris Christie is under investigation by the Feds and his own legislature.All of the witnesses involved in the bridge scandal are pleading the Fifth and refusing to hand over documents.Then there are the allegations brought by Mayor Zimmerman in Hoboken, New Jersey, that she was told that her town would be denied Sandy relief aid if she didn't go along with a redevelopment project presented by David Samson, who is another Christie insider.Also, there was the cancelation of the tunnel project and redirection of those funds, the alleged misuse of Sandy funds as the governor’s private slush fund, and let's not forget about the Port Authority being Christie's own little private kingdom.One of Christie's aids who received a subpoena decided suddenly to retire from Christie's staff and was immediately rehired with a $75,000 raise at the Port Authority.And last but not least (at least for now), let’s not forget Christie is also a proven bully.It looks like most of these scandals are only just beginning, not ending.Do I think Christie’s chances to be president in 2016 may be damaged?I sure hope so, or this country is in serious trouble.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

It's not just the bridge scandal. The investigation into the bridge scandal has revealed much more about him that was either minimized or hidden. We now know much more about how his administration used the power of its office to intimidate, seek vengeance, and buy bi-partisanship. and misuse the Sandy funds. The bridge scandal in itself would not have affected him so deeply.