New numbers not adding up in Christie's favor
March 11th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
8 months ago

New numbers not adding up in Christie's favor

(CNN) – Two new polls in New Jersey and one in Iowa may spell trouble for Chris Christie.

One of the surveys in the Garden State puts the Republican governor's trustworthiness level at an all-time low, while the other poll indicates Christie's approval ratings are underwater.

And the survey in Iowa indicates that a plurality of Republican voters say they disapprove of the New Jersey governor's handling the George Washington Bridge controversy, which made national headlines earlier this year. Since Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, the numbers, if they hold up, are not great news for Christie, who's seriously considering a bid for the White House in 2016.

Christie's administration is facing both federal and state investigations over allegations that some of his aides closed access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge last September to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for not endorsing Christie's re-election. The governor has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. But the controversy has put a cloud over Christie's political future.

According to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind survey, Christie's approval rating stands at 41% among New Jersey registered voters, down from 48% in January and 61% in November, soon after his landslide re-election as governor. Forty-four percent say they disapprove of the job Christie's doing in Trenton. This appears to be the first time that Christie's approval rating as governor is lower than his disapproval rating in New Jersey polling.

"Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure," said Krista Jenkins, executive director of Public Mind.

The poll's early Tuesday release came as a separate survey, from Rutgers-Eagleton, indicated that just 23% of Garden State voters say the term "trustworthy" applies to Christie. That's an all-time low in Rutgers-Eagleton polling. Another 38% say "trustworthy" somewhat describes Christie, with 35% saying the term doesn't apply to the governor at all.

The director of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll says that the bridge controversy's taking a toll on the governor's personality traits.

"Trustworthy was one of Christie's hallmarks, especially given voters' normal cynicism about politicians. Losing the trust of voters puts Christie into the category of an ordinary politician," said David Redlawsk.

Meanwhile, a new poll from the Des Moines Register indicates that 47% of Iowa Republicans disapprove of how Christie's been dealing with the bridge controversy, with 34% giving him a thumbs up.

The Des Moines Register poll was conducted Feb. 23-26, with 703 Iowans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted March 4-9, with 703 registered voters in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll was conducted Feb. 22-28, with 729 Garden State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for registered voters is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just asking
    the democrat smear job on christie has turned up zero, nada against him.

    If you lived in NJ and read the local news, you would see that there is a LOT of information coming out about this crook and his henchmen and henchwomen. Be patient.

    March 11, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. elephant in the room

    I would vote for Chris Christie for President today, tomorrow, next week....

    March 11, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    @rs – Yeah. What "rs" said, folks.

    @Silence DoGood – Funny you mention churches. I used to attend First Baptist Churches as I traveled around the states back in the day, and I have noticed a significant drop off in both attendance and membership. What's even more troubling is that they do not really seem to care that there membership is dropping. In fact, some congregations will make no secret over the fact that they don't want you around, either. Apparently, the dollars are doing just fine for most all of them.

    March 11, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. sly

    Come on, get real, there is no way the obese one will run for President – the guy has no appeal left.

    Jersey has been run by cheap mobsters for 50+ years.

    The fool blew it, not that any Republican has a chance againest future President Hillary Clinton.

    March 11, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Devon

    Although there wasn't evidence linking him to the bridge gate, the democrats have painted him guilty. But everyone is innocent when it comes to the IRS targeting scandal, fast and furious and the obamacare problems. Hypocrisy.

    March 11, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. BlackBush (Obama)

    And HillBillary is tied with him... LOL !!!!

    March 11, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    as i look at the calendar it seems to say 2014. twoyears ago obama was high in the polls and now he's in the 30s and nobody trusts him. a lot can happen in two years. besides, the democrat smear job on christie has turned up zero, nada against him. they have nothing but lies and innuendo that is being pushed by their comrades in the lsm.
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    It shows he's at best incompetant, and since your whole argument against Obama has been that he is incompetant, why the hell would you bother with this fool, other than the fact he has an R after his name? You're so blind with hatred you don't even see the double-speak you engage in every day on here.

    March 11, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    Most Americans tired of Republican lie after lie? You mean that big Republican Lie, If you like your Health Plan you can keep your Health Plan, Period. Well that Whopper alright. Also that other big Republican lie, when elected unemployment will be down to 6.5 Percent or I'll not run again. Oh wait, that not Republican lie. Sorry! And of course that other Big Lie, George Bush is not Patriotic for allowing the National Debt to rise to 10 Trillion Dollars. Those republicans tell big whoppers alright. So, after 100 years of Liberals running the show, we in great shape, no? So old Gunderson wonder why Republican's still get elected? It must be something in the water.
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    Its amazing how living in an alernate reality, where liberals have been running things uninterrupted for a century, can affect your ability to present a decent argument. Glossing over every GOP blunder, mistakes that have cost lives and caused the debt to explode whiloe destroying our future, and then ranting about how more people buying private insurance is somehow a sign of the apocolypse. Its convenient for ole Gunderson that the Democrats are thriving as a oarty while his is dying because it would give him no where else to go to blame the world for his own lack of success.

    March 11, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Devon

    Although there wasn't evidence linking him to the bridge gate, the democrats have painted him guilty. But everyone is innocent when it comes to the IRS targeting scandal, fast and furious and the obamacare problems. Hypocrisy.
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    What has Issa found? Your own hypocrisy is glaring.

    March 11, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. zimmerman

    He just got so full of himself he just keeps thinking if you don't like what he saids or does he'll just bully you!! It's too late for his too bad for you attiude. All he had to do was get rid of the folks who cause the trouble for him all of them including David Samson, all he had to say was do I want to be President or friend of a Corrupt chairperson- David Samson friend. I guess he'll go down in history for being the friend of a corrup Port Authority Chairperson good goal as any in life.

    March 11, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Devon

    Although there wasn't evidence linking him to the bridge gate, the democrats have painted him guilty. But everyone is innocent when it comes to the IRS targeting scandal, fast and furious and the obamacare problems. Hypocrisy.
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    Give me a break. Everyone in Christie's innermost circle has a direct connection, or an indirect connection. Ditto for many of his major appointees. Even the Lt. Gov. has become embroiled in the Christie vortex. IT woud be comparable to Pres.Obama's entire White House staff becoming part of these political conspiracies, including half of his cabinet, and VP Biden.

    Sorry, Issa's IRS "scandals" haven't risen to anywhere near this level of Bridgegate. Issa cannot even tell us what law has been broken, but yet he's conducting an investigation into it. He's even recently called it a "fact finding" investigation. (Fox News Sunday, 03-09-2014)

    March 11, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Republicans are once again filling the Clown Car with ridiculous candidates. The Tea Party types sit within their relatively small circle and reinforce their own extreme ideology. When all you hear is Fox News, when your total interface is with people just like you, when homemade conspiracies are your version of truth, you can never expand your world to include anybody but right-wing radicals.

    March 11, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. blakenaustin

    Christie is 2016's version of John McCain, an angry RINO that the GOP does not need. They need a likeable and consistently conservative nominee. This kind of candidate will defeat whoever the Democrats put up in a landslide.

    March 11, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. RichardWad2U

    The scandal has done little more than ENDEAR him to conservatives. They love him now because he became a "victim" of they "evil left wing media". And you can't do better than appealing to the perpetual conservative victim complex!

    March 11, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Gunny – You admit to $10 trillion of the national debt was republican induced? TARP and putting the unfunded wars gets it over $12 trillion, but you have come a long way, I am proud of you.

    March 11, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Me

    Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just asking
    the democrat smear job on christie has turned up zero, nada against him.

    If you lived in NJ and read the local news, you would see that there is a LOT of information coming out about this crook and his henchmen and henchwomen. Be patient.
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    LOL, this is exactly what the GOP said about all of Obama's scandals, but of course it was a witch hunt with Obama but Christie, well that is different......I guess......Hypocrite!!! I don't know if he is guilty or not but I do know that NO evidence has been presented yet showing he is guilty, soooo how about giving him the same benefit as you did Obama, innocent until proven guilty????

    March 11, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. deee510

    I can't believe Christie is still considering in 2016

    March 11, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Kinard

    Cannot think of any republican I'd waste my time on. Matter of fact can't think of one i'd help. trust, or socialize with, if I knew they were republican's. Just don't care for the lot of them.

    March 11, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. baser13

    Thanks for the additional input, the silent majority has been active because they fear minorities will unite and become the new majority, of course most expect at that point they will finally start protecting minority classes and no longer believe in majority rule. Changing the rules to best fit their ideology is both their weapon and shield, whenever they go on the offensive and are called out they go on the defensive saying everyone is being offensive to them. I never liked politheater or the polictors who enganged in smear campaigns till I learned to differentiate between smearing and exposing the truth, one tries to smear the line to hide it's position and the other exposes the line ergo the position.

    March 11, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Me

    Al-NY,NY

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Well, Bridget Kelly's silence today in court won't help his poll numbers either.
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    -but according to the righties on this site, the IRS woman ( a Duh Duh Duh-bya appointee), invoking HER 5th amendment is a sign of cover-up and scandal. I'm sure Kelly's invoking will bring a "librul media witch-hunt"
    reply from some of our more brainwashed crew here
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    I think invoking the 5th amendment by ANY people involved in ANY of these scandals (obama's or Christie's) is a sign that they have something to hide, but then again I have common sense and don't buy into this partisan crap! Ironic that the person who IS brainwashed calls someone else brain washed. LOL So tell me why is this plea a sign they are guilty but the plea by the IRS woman is not??? As ALWAYS, hypocrite!

    March 11, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Me

    Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just asking
    the democrat smear job on christie has turned up zero, nada against him.

    If you lived in NJ and read the local news, you would see that there is a LOT of information coming out about this crook and his henchmen and henchwomen. Be patient.
    ___________________
    LOL, this is exactly what the GOP said about all of Obama's scandals, but of course it was a witch hunt with Obama but Christie, well that is different......I guess......Hypocrite!!! I don't know if he is guilty or not but I do know that NO evidence has been presented yet showing he is guilty, soooo how about giving him the same benefit as you did Obama, innocent until proven guilty????
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    The only problem with your thesis is that this is a governor's office as opposed to the WH: a much smaller staff with far less responsibility. Even you have to admit there is a far greater likelihood that Christie knew that something was going on. If there is proof, it will come out, but a governor who cannot control his staff in a relatively small state cannot be expected to handle the pressure of the WH with Federal departments that dwarf the Port Authority. The press scrutiny alone ought to make him think twice because he has not really handled this well. To say he has handled a scandal well is like saying he did a good job of driving the ship onto a reef.

    March 11, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    blakenaustin

    Christie is 2016's version of John McCain, an angry RINO that the GOP does not need. They need a likeable and consistently conservative nominee. This kind of candidate will defeat whoever the Democrats put up in a landslide.
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    You're probably right. The Republicans said similar stuff getting ready for 2012, and look at what happened. They couldn't find anybody that was both "likeable and consistently conservative." I guess that it really depends upon your perspective on "likeable." Likeable to who? There seems to be an abundance of people who are likeable to the base and nowhere else.

    March 11, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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