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Poll: Christie’s Popularity Slips, Big Majority Doubts Governor Is Being Honest

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Poll: Christie’s Popularity Slips, Big Majority Doubts Governor Is Being Honest


In a major warning sign to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), a new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll shows the Republican’s popularity slipping – even outside the tri-state area.

The embattled governor is currently facing questions over his possible involvement in or knowledge of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September and his use – or misuse – ofSuperstorm Sandy relief funds during his 2013 re-election campaign.

The poll finds that although 38 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of Christie – as opposed to the 40 percent who said the same a year ago – 34 percent now view him unfavorably. That’s double the number that said the same last year.

USA Today points out that the jump in people who view Christie unfavorably may be because “many more of those interviewed had heard of Christie” this year than last year. Back in 2013, 26 percent of respondents said they had not heard of Christie, but only 16 percent say the same today.

This might be bad news for the governor who was considered by many as the GOP’s best bet for 2016; whatever nationwide attention he has recently garnered has primarily been focused on the scandals plaguing his administration.

Another red flag for the presidential hopeful is the decline in his popularity among Democrats and Independents. Part of Christie’s appeal – and sometimes a subject of attack from the far right – is his perceived ability to work with Democrats. Independents – 47 percent of whom now hold an unfavorable opinion of the governor – are also important if Christie chooses to run as a moderate in 2016.

The poll also shows that 45 percent of Americans have “heard a lot” about the “Bridgegate” scandal, and another 28 percent say they know “a little” about it. Of those who know about the scandal, only 32 percent believe Christie’s claim that he played no role in and was unaware of the lane closures that caused major traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey – where the mayor, Mark Sokolich (D), declined to endorse Christie for reelection.

Only 27 percent of Americans say they do not know anything about the bridge scandal.

For now Christie’s only hope seems to be a conclusion to the ongoing investigations – one that proves he did not prioritize politics over his duties as governor.

Photo: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr



  1. Independent1 January 21, 2014

    Christie ran a dishonest campaign for his 1st elected office. Who really believes he’s become honest since then?

    In Chris Christie’s first successful campaign for public office, he sat down next to his wife and baby, looked into a camera and told voters something that wasn’t true. It was 1994, and Christie was a 31-year-old lawyer running for the county board in suburban Morris County, N.J. He was making a television ad, saying to the camera that his opponents were “being investigated by the Morris County prosecutor.” Actually, they weren’t. But Christie’s inaccurate ad ran more than 400 times on cable TV before the June GOP primary. He won.

    See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/chris-christies-1994-ad-was-too-tough-and-inaccurate-for-jersey/2014/01/19/b69f0d86-7ef8-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most

    And it’s not just Christie. His whole administration is full of shady characters. Even his Lt. Governor.

    See: 2nd Horrifying Tale of Abuse of Power by Christie’s Lt Gov Kim Guadagno


    1. stcroixcarp January 22, 2014

      You think Christie is dishonest? He is a choir boy compared to Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, the other great white hope. Walker started his reign of dishonesty and cheating in student elections while in college. Walker also has a history or appointing unqualified, friends to cushy state jobs, and accepting illegal campaign funds. Walker has trashed the public schools, and has made sure that Obamacare will not work in Wisconsin by not accepting the federal medicaid money, not setting up state exchanges, and not setting up insurance rate reviews to insure fair pricing for
      Wisconsin residents. Christie has a way to go.

      1. Independent1 January 22, 2014

        I’m not sure I would call him a ‘choir boy’. The group Christie has surrounded himself with, from his Lt. Governor on down, reminds me of what I’ve seen of the Sopranos – thugs, the whole lot of them. It’s like he’s trying to emulate that show with his administration’s tactics.

        1. howa4x January 22, 2014

          That’s why they call NJ the soprano state

      2. robertbenefiel@att.net January 22, 2014

        I knew that Scott Walker was bad, but you sure list a lot of dirt. I have been telling my friends that Scott Walker will be the nominee for the Republicans in 2016, but sounds as if he has too much baggage even for the Republican Party. I do not think that Christie has a snowball chance of getting the nomination, so the big question is, who do they have to put up for President???? Jeb?? Marco?? I just do not see a viable candidate for them> Who does everyone think will get the nomination???

  2. FT66 January 22, 2014

    That very evening when Christie won his second term as Governor, we watched him with my friends giving an acceptance speech of look at him, look at New Jersey how good we are. I told my friends that is not normal, sooner or later this will burst into frames. Even if you are the only champion of the world on something, to come out and boast yourself infront of people, always make most if not everyone clinge. If you do it, there is something you are trying to hide and let people forget the past and take that present. Unfortunately Christie tried and thought he can go through it, but as things look like, he is not the lucky man to go through all these.

  3. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh January 22, 2014

    Anybody who thinks a Control Freak like Christie wasn’t intimately involved with every level of decision making among his subordinates is looking at the whole thing through rose-colored glasses.

  4. Lovefacts January 22, 2014

    As an acknowledged micro-manager, Christie’s claims of innocence fall short of believable. If he didn’t know what was happen, and worse didn’t hire an outside investigator to discover the truth, then he’s incompetent. And as a former US Attorney who made a name for himself going after corrupt politicians that he actually believed he was immune and the law didn’t apply to him shows the depth of his hubris, which will to be prove his downfall.

  5. jobie2 January 22, 2014

    Only a fool would believe that Christie knew nothing. Anyone who constantly has to say that he is not a bully is a bully. He has destroyed one of the best public school systems in the country, demeaned and bullied citizens that dis agree with him, ended construction of a badly needed tunnel to connect N.J. to Manhatten and all of the well paying jobs that went with it. Apparently he achieved “bi-partisanship” with threats and intimidation. New Jersey’s unemployment rate is still well above the national average. I can’t imagine why the people of N.J. re-elected him other than that “Stronger Than the Storm” advertising the Jersey Shore recovery featuring Christie and his family using 25 million of taxpayer dollars that were supposed to be used for reconstruction after the storm really paid off!

  6. howa4x January 22, 2014

    Christie is so similar to Nixon in the way he is handling this scandal. If you don’t remember Nixon’s crime was official cover up of the break in at Democratic head quarters in a race where he was trouncing McGovern. As the investigation grew Nixon fired his two closest aids in the hope of taking the investigating heat off of himself. Christie is mirroring Nixon’s actions. He fired his 2 close aids trying to put the blame on them, and gets on TV much like Nixon’s I’m not a crook speech, and boasts he is not a bully, which is at the root of charges against him. The only difference is that Christie can’t fire the special prosecutor like Nixon since he is hired by the legislature. The other similarity is that the Bridges of Bergen county scandal has a lot of moving parts. His office is directly implicated in the scandal by and email chain that is climbing the administrative structure of the port of Authority. One of the actors in this drama, Wildstein already asked for immunity, and if Bridgette Kelly asks for it Christie is in deep trouble since prosecutors always want to go up the chain of command. Unlike Nixon who faced a frontal assault, Christie is now bracing for a 3 front war, the ongoing Bridge scandal, and two investigations by the federal govt. into how Sandy relief money was spent, which can spawn many other investigations, like the 1st no bid contract to a company that Haley Barber represented. HIs bully rep is being cemented and Christie’s move to the right has lost him much support. Each day his chances as a republican nominee get less likely and the real question is can he just survive. Stay tuned.

    1. robertbenefiel@att.net January 22, 2014

      I never saw Christie getting the nomination, but I do not see anyone really as a viable candidate. They have to nominate someone, but who???

      1. Canistercook January 22, 2014

        Well some people thought Obama was a viable candidate I guess and the media made sure that no one knew his past performance. The jokes on us I guess!

      2. howa4x January 22, 2014

        The problem is that the GOP let the tea party take over the primaries which usually go to the most committed groups, or single issue groups. Considering who the GOP base has become, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rand Paul gets the nomination. His libertarian views on drugs might attract a lot of young people who really don’t benefit from government

  7. robertbenefiel@att.net January 22, 2014

    Christie said that he rarely saw his man whose job was to manage the bridge and that it was a long time before the election when he last saw the man. Then a picture comes out showing him standing next to the man on September 11, 2013. Are you telling me that while talking to the man whose job is to run the bridge, in the middle of the shutdown ,he never spoke to the guy about what was going on with the bridge, even though people were e-mailing Christie’s office and were screaming about the shutdown? If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    1. Canistercook January 22, 2014

      And Clinton ‘did not have sex with that woman’ and Obama said you can ‘keep your doctor’. So what else is new!

      1. Sand_Cat January 22, 2014

        Obviously, you’re just another desperate Republican trying to fool everyone (including himself) that the Democrats even come close to the GOP in actual scandals based on reality instead of idiotic fantasies.
        You may fool yourself, but not likely anyone else here.
        [Edit] Well, I was wrong. Obviously you and Joe Schmo are a match made in heaven.[End-Edit]

  8. Canistercook January 22, 2014

    Of course Christie has scandals, he’s a Republican and only Republicans can have scandals where the left is concerned. Benghazi and You can keep your doctor are not scandals where the left is concerned. No wonder we are a divided nation! Can you imagine what the lefter’s would do to Trump if he ran for office!

    1. howa4x January 22, 2014

      How about all the scandals that Darrell Issa dreamed up like Benghazi, the IRS , Fast and furious, which all we proved by evidence to be not ture. Why doesn’t the right wing recognize that the ACA was thought up by the heritage foundation and 1st tried by Mitt Romney. This is a republican plan for health care, but really insurance reform. If by a miracle a republican wins the presidency they will face the same issues and I can bet you they won’t do away with the ACA

      1. joe schmo January 23, 2014

        Really, dreamed up? What about Nixon and Watergate? Romney never stated that his plan would work nationwide. Like I said….your Messiah is perfect. He is the pillar of America. No….let’s get Hillary in. That will just add icing on the cake. It takes a village to raise a child….Redistribution of wealth……Sound familiar? 1800’s? Russia? Didn’t work either because the Government fat cats ran your life while the ‘equal’ inhabitants lived in poverty…… Tell you what, let’s scrap the whole thing, divide the country and start over….

        1. howa4x January 23, 2014

          I think you need to read some history books. Russia didn’t go communist till after the civil war there in around 1920. Romney made a video asking newly elected Obama to take his Heritage Foundation plan nationwide. The same people who designed Romney Care wrote the ACA. None of Issa’s charges actually stuck on examination of evidence. He used his chairmanship to release partial evidence to the press during the Obama/Romney election. I know all you people who live in the Fox bubble have trouble with actual history. Nixon didn’t order the Watergate break in but was caught with the cover up. As for dividing up the states the red states are the welfare queens getting as much as $1.50 back for every dollar they send. NJ gets back .65. Mississippi has the worst health outcomes in the country coupled with the lowest test scores, and Alabama is second. Tx. is one of the fattest states Along with Tenn. Fla will be split between North and south. Kentucky and W.Va have the highest disability fraud in the country. Really want to go? I will help you pack since the red states are the economic drain on the country.

          1. joe schmo January 23, 2014

            Oh really, maybe you should do some more research, the Communist insurrection started early on…..

            ‘In 1848 he (Marx) and Engels founded the Communist League, and Marx wrote Communist Manifesto. The dramatic reception this received emboldened the pair to go onward to Cologne to resurrect the newspaper that Marx had edited half a dozen years before. Marx was shortly arrested and the pair expelled for their subversive political activities. Marx considered himself an exile and moved to London, where he lived for the rest of his life.

            In 1864 he founded—and subsequently dominated—the International Working Men’s Association, known in communist literature as “the First International.” He published the first volume of his most memorable work, Das Kapital, in 1867.’


            In case you don’t know, it also failed miserably. Initially Marx and Engels idea was not to leave anyone out rather to make Socialism an all inclusive regime, yet they ended up much the same as Capitalism did (rich and poor) but with a difference….The government members were the rich elites and everyone else was poor. How do I know this…My family lived under Communism and a distant relative who through his writing was actually one of Marx’s ideologues.

            As for Romney – he never claimed that the program he developed for Massachusetts would be the poster child for the entire nation:

            “In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” he tweeted. “Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment.

            “Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally.”

            Ahhh, where did you get your information about the welfare states. I got mine from CNBC… One of your ilks mainstays….and don’t give me that ‘who ha’ about that it is Conservative because it isn’t. I think there may be a few Conservative states in there but many more Libs…1.California (could have guessed that one) 2)Maine 3)Tennessee 4)Massachusetts 5)Vermont 6) District of Columbia 7)New York 8)Minnesota 9)Washington DC 10)New Mexico 11)Indiana 12) Rhode Island 13)Michigan 14)Pennsylvania 15) Oregon

            I am ready, rallied up and more than happy to pack my bags. No matter which way you play it, unless things change, we all loose…..

          2. howa4x January 24, 2014

            I didn’t write about Marx but about the Russian revolution. I realize Marx wrote in the early industrial period. Communism was never meant for Russia because they were too agrarian and lacked a middle class or industrial worker class. It might have turned out slightly different if Lenin or Trotsky lived since they were the intellectuals instead of Stalin who was a thug. but that is speculation. Stalin was no different than the Tsar in how he treated the people.
            In terms of health care reform, the status quo wasn’t sustainable since millions were left out of the system. I agree it should have been phased in and the states should have had more of a role crafting it. The problem is that 25 states are not participating and refuse to accept the Medicaid expansion. So we can safely assume that in those states nothing would have happened if it was left completely to them. We didn’t really have health care reform but rather we had insurance reform since the doctors, hospitals and Big Pharma are all in private hands unless you are in the VA system. the reform control the excesses of the insurance companies By not allowing them to drop people or refuse coverage. If we really want to control health care costs we need a single payer system since .45 out of every premium dollar goes to the insurance companies, either for maintenance and profit . But that is something you free marketers want.
            As for he origins of the ACA it was drafted by the heritage foundations a republican think tank as an answer to Hillarycare and 1st presented on the senate floor by Bob Dole and Orrin Hatch. It wasn’t piloted in a democratic state but in a republican one.
            I think we will end up with 2 Americas by evolution. Red states will be places where there is no access to reproductive freedom, limited environmental and worker protections, unions outlawed, and a work for less economy. Same sex marriage will only happen by court order, and people will have unfettered access to guns. Corporations will write all the legislation. Oh wait that is already happening through ALEC. Creationism will be taught in schools(already happening) instead of science.
            Blue states will be the opposite. Where do you want to live?

    2. Sand_Cat January 22, 2014

      You’re right about why we’re a divided nation: it’s extremely difficult for sane and intelligent people to “pal around” with lunatic morons such as yourself and Mr. Schmo.

      1. joe schmo January 22, 2014

        Can’t wait til you all get a clue….or maybe you will go down with the sinking ship. Serves you right. Sand_Cat you are always ranting. You just copied and pasted your comment several times…. Makes me think you really can’t produce anything factually pertinent in rebuff.

        What’s this….your Savior has not done anything wrong? Typical.

        You want us to be divided so be it. You can have NY, California, Detriot, DC. Then you can let us have TX, UT, FL… We would all love that. Then let’s see who succeeds…..and I’d wager you that the Leftist states won’t make it. Coumo and De Blasio are taking care of NY while Governor Moonbeam is taking care of California which by the way has 4 large cities on the verge of bankruptcy out of 10 nationally. What the Hollywood elites have to share their money. No way, they will leave…. Gee I wonder why…. Pretty soon California will join the ranks of Detroit.

        What do you think will then happen. You will want to either come to the Conservative states or try to take the money away from them, but by then it will be too late because 1) You won’t be allowed in, 2) We will have no connection to your states because we are now divided and we won’t owe you squat. We will once again have the strength of the Constitution, a strong military, no gun control, a flat tax, no income tax, less government, no freebies (you can have all the freeloaders we will no longer want them, you can pay for them or should I say ‘redistribute the wealth’), no illegal immigrants. Not saying we won’t have issues but it will be a whole hell of a lot better than what we live in now…..Oh and I bet you are just hating what I just stated. Now you can see how we all feel since we have had your crap shoved down our throat.

        Canistercook you are right, the Conservatives are always wrong while the Left is perfect. No one is perfect. If you were you would be God. Well…..come to think of it, most of the people here don’t believe in God, I guess they do think they are God. A very dangerous place to be.

        1. Sand_Cat January 23, 2014

          Thanks for confirming my original assessment of you mental and moral abilities, or – rather – the lack thereof.. Obviously, you think the lunatics you support are religious figures: I have no “lord and savior” in the political class, and never have. I wouldn’t defend Obama, who has done some that I liked and much that I didn’t, except that the lies of clowns like you force me to do so in the interest of justice and truth.
          And why don’t we talk about how you, supporting the party of the grasping, fantastically wealthy, are complaining about “elites”? What a laugh. Thanks again, I enjoyed your simple-minded insults and desperate lies.

          1. joe schmo January 23, 2014

            What are you talking about. There is no longer any justice or truth…..and the ‘elites’ that you so mention are raking in our dough while sitting in their Democrat and RINO mansions playing us for fools….

            Now I get it, the nonbelievers on your side….well I suppose they have become anarchists? At least we have something to believe in and I don’t mean in the earthly realm

            You are beginning to see the light….. The fact that Obama is not your Lord and Savior.

            Can’t you see that we are all being hurt by this divide. At least we see it with our eyes wide open and you see it with eyes wired shut. There is no longer is a Democracy. There is no longer an America.

  9. irishtap January 22, 2014

    People I’ve known who routinely ‘fly off the handle’ when confronted, have been lousy managers. What this “Governor” did to his fellow New Jerseyians, regarding the ‘bridge lane closure’, was an act of reckless endangerment. A petty, senseless act of intimidation and retribution pointed against a mayor of the opposition party who said “no” to his extortion; while completely dismissive of the possible consequences to his own citizens travel safety or tight commute schedules.
    My sincere desire is to see Mr. Christie and all connected with this despicable act see prison time. It is soundly deserved.

  10. joe schmo January 22, 2014

    Isn’t there anything you power hungry elitists can’t do to ruin everyone in your path. What happens when the Right starts playing dirty. What a bunch of hypocrites……and Obama has never done one thing wrong. LaLaLand….

    1. Sand_Cat January 22, 2014

      Another desperate GOP idiot. When the “Right STARTS playing dirty”? Wow, you’d have to go back a pretty long way to reach that point.
      And then there’s the usual projection from the party of billionaires and plutocrats about the “liberal elite.” I love it. You’re really entertaining. Ever think of trying standup?

  11. Jim Myers January 22, 2014

    Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

    Lord Acton

  12. Bruno's Beach January 23, 2014

    Even though the concepts of cultural evolution & biological evolution share some similarities, there are critical differences between them.

  13. E. Henry Schoenberger January 26, 2014


    Posted in Politics by ehenry

    When you subpoena a bloated piñata loaded with methane – and break it – you will hear the sound of escaping flatulence: itakethefifthhhhh. And this sound of breaking wind will be repeated like the chants of thousands of Buddhist’s crying out to be free of gridlock stuck in a Zen trip to nowhere.

    All roads in Italy lead to Roma, just like the 18 subpoenas through 1/19 appear to lead to the piñata’s office.

    From renting cars in Italy, driving everywhere and back to airport drop-offs, I know that all signage entering highways only says – ROMA. So if you or your wife is looking for a sign on an access ramp that says Grosseto, forget it. There are two choices, either get lost or stop your car and search/scratch in the dust for the sign to Grosseto that may once have been painted on the road where the ramp meets a high speed highway with no obvious speed limits – no one in Italy cares anyway.

    New Jersey has a bridge to New York called the Washington Bridge; some say it is the most important bridge in the world, with the most traffic. Yet the Governor of New Jersey does not/did not realize that everyone close to him seems to have decided to massively obstruct traffic without consulting him. What a bummer. Et tu Brute?

    Although Christie was knee deep in news of the bridge jam after it had been going on for one day, certainly several days, and his office had been deluged with calls to fix the problem, the bloated piñata was not curious about why or how three lanes had been closed for “a four day traffic study” which had caused the jam of all jams.

    Where was the sign; CRAPPED UP = FOUR DAY TRAFFIC STUDY. Perhaps the motivation was to see how big a jam could be produced by closing 3 critical lanes for 4 week days. So is it Italian to not care about signage? Maybe a small sign like this would have sufficed – CLOSED LANES ARE AN EXPRESSION OF YOUR PINATA’S DISAFFECTION ABOUT SOMETHING (unknown until Wildstein sings) or this – THE PINATA KNOWS NOTHING, KISS MY STAFF’S COLLECTIVE FIRED ASSES – (“it was their idea?”).

    Of course, the Governor when asked if he had tried to determine what the lane closings were about proclaimed he had not spoken (for god knows how long) to his friend David Wildstein; who he had appointed to the Port Authority for the purpose of having “my ears on the board.”

    I bet Wildstein knows why the most important bridge in the world was so critically constipated. And Wildstein is ready to sing as soon as he gets a large dose of immunity. Too bad a few days ago – when the piñata suffered a memory lapse when he assured all …for more: http://www.the5thestate.net


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