Poll: Most Label Christie's Bridgegate Probe "Whitewash"

Poll: Most Label Christie's Bridgegate Probe "Whitewash"
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The Chris Christie-ordered investigation that cleared him of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal appears to have backfired, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey.

Fifty-six percent of those in the Garden State "who know something about Bridgegate" said that the governor’s probe was a “whitewash.” Just 36 percent believe it was a “legitimate investigation.” (Ninety-six percent of New Jersey voters say they are aware of the scandal.)

Christie’s other survey numbers are also hurting. His job approval rating has fallen just below 50 percent, down from 55 percent in January. And respondents are evenly divided over whether he is a bully or a leader, 48 percent-48 percent. In the past, New Jersey voters had seen him as a more of a leader by double-digit margins.

Garden State Democrats hoping to capitalize on discontent with Christie using his own investigation should be careful, however. Voters are also evenly divided over whether the state legislature’s investigation is legitimate, 46 percent to 46 percent.

The poll isn’t all bad news for Christie: 64 percent of voters think he did not personally order the lane closures (though 51 percent think he was aware of them).

“Practically everybody has heard about Bridgegate and half of voters think Christie knew about it and a quarter that he ordered it,” said Quinnipiac University’s Maurice Carroll.

The survey of 1,356 New Jersey voters was conducted April 2-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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