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Polls are merely a snapshot in time indicating the public's perception relative to something which concerns, or ought to concern the public. A recent NBC News/Marist poll shows 70% of Americans have not changed their opinion of the New Jersey Governor and 44% believe the governor is telling the truth. What is telling is that by far more view Governor Christie as a strong leader rather than a bully some are attempting to make him out to be.
Equally as interesting is the 20126 potential republican presidential candidate has lost grounf since news that a Christie administration staffer(s) was involved in the George Washington Bridge four day lane closings in September 2013. Governor Cgristie is now trailing Hillary Rodam Clinton by 13%.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, explains that, overall, this is good news for Christie.
“The numbers suggest it’s far from politically fatal for him,” he says of the scandal, adding: “This is a developing story, so the extent of the damage down the road is an open proposition.”
But the down side for Christie, according to Miringoff: Americans “are getting to know to him, and that’s maybe not the best way to introduce himself to a national audience.”
The poll – conducted Jan. 12-14 – comes after released emails showing that a top Christie aide, as well as his Port Authority appointees, conspired to close local-access lanes to the busy George Washington Bridge as retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly emailed Christie Port Authority aide David Wildstein back in Aug. 2013, just weeks before the lane closures.
“Got it,” Wildstein replied.
In a subsequent news conference last Thursday, Christie announced that he had fired Kelly, but also said that he had no knowledge of or role in the lane closings.
Read the full poll here and the complete NBC News article below the fold.
It would make sense, at least IMNHO, to let the investigation conlude so we have a completer accounting before making or passing judgement. The video knda sorta shows that isn't happening.