The damage is sinking in. After weeks of scandals and revelations, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s favorability rating has plummeted and he’s losing his sway with his own party, as well.
A Rutgers/Eagleton poll released Wednesday found the Republican governor’s favorability rating has fallen to 46%, down 22 points from just before his reelection. Christie’s approval rating is down, too—15 points since November, when he handily won re-election—but he still has a majority of voters’ support, 53%.
After several weeks of additional allegations, like the ones from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer who told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki that the governor’s office had withheld Sandy relief funds in an attempt to get her to support a city development project the governor favored, the numbers are tanking even more, particularly among Democrats and Independents.
Democrats primarily account for the big dip in favorability in the Rugters-Eagleton poll, but another survey by Fox News found that Christie’s sway with Republicans may be suffering in light of the scandals. And only 41% of Republicans nationwide feel Christie has a promising future in the GOP, according to the Fox News poll. That’s a 22-point drop from November 2012.
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