Most New Jersey residents still approve of the job Governor Chris Christie is doing, even though more think he is being dishonest about the controversy surrounding his administration, according to a new survey.
A new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll finds that 51 percent of New Jerseyans approve of Christie, while 41 percent disapprove. His favorability also remains positive with 40 percent having a favorable impression of the governor versus 35 percent who have an unfavorable one.
While Christie is unsurprisingly popular with Republicans and unpopular with Democrats, independent voters are still giving Christie positive marks as well. Fifty-five percent approve of him compared with 36 percent who disapprove; 42 percent view him favorably, while 32 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.
The poll comes nearly three months after revelations that members of Christie’s administration played a role in politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year. Christie has denied any role in the closures, and an internal report released last week found that he did not have any involvement. Other investigations are ongoing.
Despite his denials, about half of respondents believe Christie was involved in the closures (47 percent), while more than a third are taking the governor at his word (38 percent). When asked if he is being honest, 32 percent say he is being completely honest, while 61 percent say he hasn’t been totally forthcoming.