Updated 4:19 p.m. ET, 4/2/2014
(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings appear to be stabilizing in New Jersey after they dropped significantly following the George Washington Bridge controversy, according to a new survey.
The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll was conducted after a review commissioned by Christie's administration cleared the New Jersey governor of any wrongdoing in the bridge controversy.
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According to the poll, 51% of New Jersey adult residents approve of the job Christie is doing as governor, up slightly from 50% in February. In January, his approval rating was 59% and even higher at 65% in December before the scandal went viral. Forty-one percent now say they disapprove, compared to 44% in February and 32% in January.
Fifty-four percent have heard about the new report, which was released last week and led by Randy Mastro of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law firm.
But of those who are aware of the report's findings, a little less than a third (30%) consider the investigation to be fair and unbiased.
According to the survey, 52% say the report was simply done to improve Christie's reputation.
The internal probe found that two top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams near the bridge in Fort Lee last year. A state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney's Office are also looking into the incident and whether it was political retribution against the town's Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election.
The recently released report cleared Christie of having any knowledge of the matter until after it all occurred, a point the governor has made previously.
But the saga has called into question his sometimes brash leadership style and the potential 2016 presidential contender saw his poll numbers dramatically fall both at home and nationwide.
"The bleeding has stopped for now. The poll was conducted after the Mastro report was released, but this does not seem to be the reason why Christie's ratings have stabilized. In fact, few New Jerseyans agree with the report's conclusions," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a news release.
Thirty-two percent say the governor has been completely honest about his knowledge of the lane closures, while 61% say he has not been honest. Those numbers were relatively the same in February.
Public opinion also barely moved from February on the question of whether Christie is more concerned about his day job or his political future. Thirty-five percent say he's more concerned with governing, unchanged from February, while 54% say he's thinking more about his future, down slightly from 56% two months ago.
The poll was conducted from March 30 to April 1 by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults. The sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.