‘Bridgegate’ still haunts Christie, new poll finds

 A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating is the lowest in four years.

About 46 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing, while 48 percent disapprove, said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the poll.

“It’s the traffic nightmare that never ends for Gov. Christie,” Carroll said. “He was doing fine until a year ago, and then, wham!, Bridgegate hit like a 10-car pileup on the George Washington Bridge, and the governor hasn’t recovered yet.”

The U.S. attorney’s office is still investigating the scandal.

Assessing Chrisitie’s character, 65 percent of voters surveyed say he has strong leadership qualities. Half say the governor is not honest and trustworthy, while 51 percent say they believe he doesn’t care about their needs and problems. 

Those leadership numbers are the only only positive poll news for Christie.

“These numbers are just plain bad for Christie,” Carroll said.

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