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Christie Favorable Ratings Slide After Bridge Scandal

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New Jersey, Chris Christie:

  • Favorable: 55
  • Unfavorable: 44

A new Rasmussen poll has found that Chris Christie’s potential 2016 bid could be in serious trouble as his favorable ratings in his own homestate of New Jersey have plummeted in the wake of a scandal stemming from lane closures on the busiest bridge in the country as a form of political retaliation.

The poll, conducted on January 9, sampling 800 likely New Jersey voters, has found that Christie’s favorable rating has fallen to 55 percent. In October, his favorable rating was at a high of 63 percent.

Worse, many are awaiting the results of several investigations launched into the Bridgegate scandal to see if the governor really did know about, or even ordered the lane closures. According to the poll, 56 percent of New Jersey voters believe Christie should resign if he knew about the Fort Lee political retaliation and a mere 29 percent believe he should stay in office if that is the case. Only 36 percent of respondents said it’s unlikely that Christie knew about the closures beforehand.

Among Republican voters, 20 percent said they are less likely to vote for Christie in the 2016 presidential race while 36 percent of independent voters said they are less likely to support the Christie campaign following the scandal.

Certainly, if Christie has lost that much popularity in one week in his own homestate where he was reelected just two months ago in a landslide, the national fallout will be significant. Especially if ongoing investigations find that Christie was aware of the scandal that has already forced two top officials to resign. Christie has led most GOP primary polls and led Hillary Clinton in hypothetical 2016 matchup polls in most major swing states prior to this news so we’ll have to wait for newer polls to see how much damage this has done to his campaign already.

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