Christie Sees Huge Drop in Approval Rating

by Andrew Johnson

New Jersey voters don’t think of Chris Christie as highly as they did just a couple months ago, before the revelations about the “Bridgegate” scandal. Amid the controversy, Christie’s favorability rating has fallen nearly 20 percentage points since November.

A new Rutgers-Eagleton survey finds that 46 percent of New Jersey residents have a favorable opinion of their governor, way down from the 65 percent who had a favorable opinion on the eve of his election. Christie’s favorability still remains above water, but just barely: 43 percent now have an unfavorable opinion of him.

The latest numbers closely match last week’s Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press survey of New Jersey residents, which found that 44 percent have a favorable opinion of the governor, though only 28 percent of respondents in that poll had an unfavorable opinion.

Although polls taken immediately after revelations of his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge showed the controversy having little impact on Christie, he’s been falling steadily since, both nationally and statewide.

The director of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll still thinks the governor can recover if he can put the problems behind him in the next couple months. “But if it goes on much longer than that, or if allegations continue to build, Christie will have his hands full right here in New Jersey,” political-science professor David Redlawsk said.

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