Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling
February 24th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating is continuing to take a hit, more than a month after the George Washington Bridge controversy made national headlines, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Monday.

While the Republican’s approval ratings were sky-high last year during his re-election campaign, only 49% of the state’s registered voters approve of the job he’s doing now, down from 58% in January and from 70% a year ago.

More people than before believe that Christie is being untruthful about the traffic scandal that has roiled his administration. Of the people who have heard about the traffic controversy, 61% believe he is not being completely honest about what he knows, up from 51% last month. Monmouth notes that increase mostly comes from Democrats.

A state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating whether Christie's top aides orchestrated a traffic jam in Fort Lee as an act of political payback against the city’s Democratic mayor, who didn't endorse Christie's re-election bid last year.

Christie has repeatedly denied having any prior involvement or knowledge of the alleged plot.

Half of residents who’ve been paying attention to the story think Christie was personally involved, up from 34% a month ago. And for the first time, a majority (56%) of residents believe the governors is putting his own career ahead of New Jersey’s interests, according to the survey.

“This hole is getting deeper. Christie’s image as the hero of Sandy is now just a fading memory,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a release about the poll.

Christie was widely lauded for his handling of the Superstorm Sandy aftermath, but he is seeing declining numbers in that arena, as well. Four in 10 residents would give the administration a grade of ‘A’ or ‘B’ for its Sandy recovery efforts, while 32% would give it a ‘C’ and a quarter would give it a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F.’

Christie faced questions last week at a town hall from Sandy victims still struggling roughly 16 months after the storm. He mostly blamed bureaucratic red tape from the federal government for the delays in aid and called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the new “F-word.”

However, 55% say they are at least somewhat satisfied with the state’s recovery efforts, though that number is down from 66% in December and 76% in September.

The poll also shows some troubling signs for the state legislature that’s conducting one of the probes into the traffic scandal. Fifty-six percent of residents say the special investigative committee is motivated more by politics than by learning the facts of the case.

The Democratic-controlled legislature’s job approval rating has also decreased in the past month to 41%, down from 47%.

“While the governor has certainly taken a hit in public opinion, the poll also has a word of warning for the legislature. Tread carefully with the investigation,” Murray said.

For the survey, Monmouth interviewed 803 New Jersey adults by telephone from February 19 to 23. The overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. tim

    Wow...too bad he wouldn't be running against Obama. They would be statistically tie and make for better race than the US-Fin Olympic hockey game for the Bronze.

    February 24, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. VJ

    Christie is a gone case same like Scott Walker.... Rand Paul is emerging viable candidate for 2016 on the republican candidate... It would be fascinating debate between Rand and Clinton.... Couldn't wait for that....

    February 24, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. blakenaustin

    When is the media going to devote equal attention into multiple Obama administration scandals that they have devoted to this incident with Christie?

    February 24, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. oh

    time to stick a fork in Chris, he's done.

    February 24, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Bob

    Follow the money!

    February 24, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Lewis

    Gee.... I wonder why?

    February 24, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Crocker

    So the numbers are tumbling... so what... When was the last time any of you were contacted by a polling company? Ever? I thought not.... I will vote for who I think is best for the job and damn the poll numbers.

    February 24, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. mkat2

    Regardless of the validity of the accusations, this represents the classic method of how the MEDIA, selects our politicians/leaders, via denigration & castigation & the 'sheeple respond as directed every time! Just wait until November when the Media starts spewing their venom at whomever they don't want to be elected, locally or nationally!

    February 24, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Bill Benton

    last i checked those approval numbers are still better than Obama's

    February 24, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. bob

    He's good a playing the blame game, but it seems to me that right now people are more interested in a person who gets results than someone who can always find someone else to blame for his failures. In selecting presidential candidates it would be prudent of the leadership of both parties to weed out people who have records with a lot of failures and look for people with solid track records. I respect someone who owns up to their mistakes and takes full responsibility for them, which Christie does not, but I don't want someone in the White House who has a lot of mistakes to his credit. It is the primary responsibility of the top person in any organization to be on the lookout for potential failures and prevent them from happening. We need someone in the White House who knows how to get things done right the first time.

    February 24, 2014 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Getoverit

    Christie's poll numbers are still higher than Obama's.

    February 25, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. jeepn72

    Really? It probably doesn't help that the "Media" has really gone over the top to keep this "Scandal" alive. Now when Obama uses his office to provide retribution to his foes, opposition and critics its barely covered or labeled as false claims. None of which, by the way, should be tolerated by ANYONE in public office, but the double standard is infuriating! I guess the Hilary Cult was really worried about the polls showing Christie ahead of their fair lady...

    February 25, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  13. Kevin

    If it acts like bully, walks like a bully, talks like a bully, then it's a bully. If nothing else, the history of the modern presidency shows that people prefer to elect a "nice" person. This guy sure doesn't fall into that category.

    Another reason why the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey should be run by a federal consent decree and clear the place of all these appointed cronies.

    February 25, 2014 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. reo

    he is toast thank god :)

    February 25, 2014 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Bob

    The guy would be fine for the Sopranos, but as the next President? No way.

    February 25, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. Steven Gold

    His is not far right enough for some of the extreme conservatives.
    Heavens forbid to have a moderate that might work to bring the parties closer together.

    February 25, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. Vicki

    I never saw anything about Christie that would make him a good governor. This is a man who is a bully. He treats anyone who disagrees with him in a mean way. I don't like bullies and will never want one in any position of power in our government.

    February 25, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Kings on the Back Row

    ..
    ..Christie is probably an OK guy...but he does not have the bearing, patience, and competence to be a President !
    >>

    February 25, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  19. Devon

    Seems hypocritical for people to forgive the Obama's administration using the IRS to attack conservative organizations.
    But Christie is being crucified for this traffic scandal. Yet in both instances there's no proof. I don't care for Christie, but I can see the double standards set here.

    February 25, 2014 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  20. Rebecca

    Well, at least we will be spared his presidential aspirations.

    February 25, 2014 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. snowdogg

    awwww, poor Chris – I feel SO sorry for him

    February 25, 2014 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. Name

    Christie is GUILTY!!!

    February 25, 2014 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  23. Marie MD

    Well duh.
    If the elections were occurring today the other candidate might have won.

    February 25, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    Whether he is guilty or not this guy is another Mark Sanford of SC. O-U-T.

    February 25, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  25. Scott

    I can't believe how it took residents of NJ so long to see this man's true colors. He has a track record of bullying others who do not agree with him, and the interests of NJ were NEVER his highest priority.

    February 25, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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