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N.J. Poll Has Good News, Bad News for Christie

Christie only briefly mentions bridge scandal in “State of the State.”

Adam Wollner
Jan. 15, 2014, 6:51 a.m.

A new Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity poll in New Jer­sey (Jan. 10-13; 1,207 RVs; +/- 2.8%) finds that 55% of New Jer­sey voters ap­prove of the way Gov. Chris Christie (R) is hand­ling his job, down from 68% last Ju­ly. When asked if Christie is hon­est and trust­worthy, 51% said he was while 41% said he was not. Of those who were fa­mil­i­ar with the bridge con­tro­versy, 41% said they think Christie was aware his aides were or­ches­trat­ing the traffic jam in Fort Lee last Septem­ber com­pared to 50 per­cent who said they be­lieve his aides ac­ted alone. (re­lease)

CHRISTIE: STATE OF THE (OVER­SHAD­OWED) STATE. “With the cloud of the George Wash­ing­ton Bridge lane-clos­ure con­tro­versy still loom­ing over him,” Christie “laid out a series of pro­pos­als in his State of the State ad­dress Tues­day as he worked to show the voters who over­whelm­ingly sup­por­ted him last year that he’s not let­ting a scan­dal get in the way of his job.”

Christie only briefly ad­dressed the scan­dal at the top of his 45-minute speech: “I am the gov­ernor, and I am ul­ti­mately re­spons­ible for all that hap­pens on my watch - both good and bad… Without a doubt, we will co­oper­ate with all ap­pro­pri­ate in­quir­ies to en­sure this breach of trust does not hap­pen again.” (Ber­gen Re­cord)

WALK­ER: DE­FENDS CHRISTIE. Fol­low­ing a meet­ing at the White House with Pres­id­ent Obama and oth­er ex­ec­ut­ive mem­bers of the Na­tion­al Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation Tues­day, Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walk­er (R) praised the way Christie has dealt with the bridge con­tro­versy. Walk­er: “He was com­pletely trans­par­ent and gave the pub­lic a chance to hear what he un­der­stood and what he knew, took ac­tion on it — de­cis­ive ac­tion in terms of re­mov­ing the people who had not been forth­right with him. … And as­sum­ing everything stays as he’s an­nounced, I don’t see that be­ing a prob­lem for him.” (USA Today)

BROWN: RULES OUT 2016 BID. Cali­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown (D) “said Tues­day that he will not run for pres­id­ent in 2016, dash­ing polit­ic­al spec­u­la­tion that he might make a fourth bid for the White House.” (Los Angeles Times)

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