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Poll: Christie Still Popular with NJ Residents

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chris Christie at a press conference discussing the scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (screenshot from Christie YouTube page/Youtube)

A new poll finds Governor Christie remains popular with New Jersey residents in spite of last week's revelations that members of the Governor's staff played a direct role in the closure of local access lanes to the G.W. Bridge.

A new poll finds Governor Christie remains popular with New Jersey residents in spite of last week's revelations that members of the Governor's staff played a direct role in the closure of local access lanes to the G.W. Bridge.

The Monmouth University and Asbury Park Press poll finds public opinion of the Governor has dipped slightly, but remains strong, with 59% of New Jerseyans approving of the Governor's performance in office, compared to 32% disapproving.

But Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray says that while state residents still approve of Christie's job performance, personal views of the Governor have taken a hit, with just 44%holding a favorable view of the Governor.

""This has raised some questions about what he's like as a person and it's less about the bullying aspect that a lot of people are talking about then the integrity aspect," says Murray.

Just a year ago, 70 percent of New Jerseyans held a favorable view of the Governor.

And while more than half of New Jerseyans think Christie knows more than he's letting on,  they also don't think the Governor was personally involved in order to close the access lanes.

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