The George Washington Bridge scandal surrounding Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is shaping Americans’ opinions of him – and not in a good way, according to a new poll released Monday.
Thirty-four percent have an unfavorable view of Christie, double the 17 percent who viewed him unfavorably last January. Most of the increase has come from Americans who didn’t have an opinion; his favorable rating is virtually unchanged at 38 percent (it was 40 percent last January).
Most Americans who have heard about the controversy don’t believe the governor’s claim that he didn’t know that his aides were involved in the closing of lanes last September, which restricted access to the busy George Washington Bridge and resulted in major traffic jams in the city of Fort Lee, N.J.
Among those Americans who have heard about controversy, 58 percent say they don’t believe Christie, while 32 percent say they believe him. Majorities of Democrats (67 percent) and independents (60 percent) don’t believe him and almost half (48 percent) say they don’t buy his explanation.
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