Only 23 % of New Jersey residents think Governor Chris Christie has been completely honest regarding his involvement in and knowledge of the Bridgegate affair, according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning. 69%, including 52% of New Jersey Republicans, think Christie is being less than completely honest.
“The governor has maintained that he was not involved in the lane closures nor did he know about them as they were happening. Most New Jerseyans don’t buy it,” said Patrick Murray, Executive Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Half of New Jersey residents, 52% of registered voters, think Christie was personally involved in the George Washington Bridge Lane closures during his reelection campaign in September of 2013. Only 34% think he was not personally involved.
Murray’s survey has some potentially good news for Bridget Ann Kelly, Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff who is being arranged this morning for her alleged role in the Bridgegate scheme. During a Friday afternoon news conference wherein she maintained her innocence, Kelly said it was “ludicrous” to think that she was the only member of the Governor’s staff to know of the Bridgegate issue while it was happening. 77% of the jury pool agrees with her to varying degrees. Only 9% of New Jersey residents think that Kelly and Port Authority executives Bill Baroni and David Wildstein were the only people in on the political retribution of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich that the lane closures were supposed to inflict.
It is not just Bridgegate that is dogging Christie with New Jerseyans. His job approval rating negative by 21 points among registered voters. Only 35% approve of the Govenor’s job performance, down from 48% in February. Worse for Christie, only 30% of New Jerseyans have a favorable overall opinion of him, down from 38% in February and 45% last June.
Murray’s survey was taken this past weekend after the news of the Bridgegate charges against Baroni, Kelly and Wildstein broke. 70% of the 500 respondents said they were aware of the charges.