While Chris Christie’s numbers have held firm amidst recent controversies, the New Jersey governor has lost ground in a potential 2016 match-up against prospective Democratic contender Hillary Clinton. The latest NBC News/Marist poll shows Christie trailing Clinton by 13 points in a presidential contest. That’s a ten-point drop: Last month, Christie trailed the former secretary of state by just three percentage points in the same poll.
Clinton leads Christie 50 percent to 37 percent in the latest poll. Christie, nonetheless, remains the leading candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016. With 16 percent of the vote, the poll shows him leading Representative Paul Ryan (12 percent), Senator Rand Paul (9 percent), and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (8 percent). Twenty-five percent of respondents said they were undecided.
Nearly 70 percent said their opinion of Christie has not changed since controversy engulfed his administration last week; 44 percent believe he is telling the truth about his own knowledge of the Bridgegate scandal.