Just 24 percent of N.J. residents following Bridgegate probe, poll finds

The latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll finds New Jersey voters are divided on whether the Legislature should continue its investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

Just 24 percent of New Jersey residents surveyed say they’re paying close attention to the investigation, said poll director Krista Jenkins.

“We find that 47 percent believe it’s time to move on with almost the same number who believe the investigation remains important given the possibility that the laws were broken and the need to hold those who are responsible accountable,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins says a third of voters believe the Legislature is the most appropriate government entity to conduct the investigation, while 47 percent believe it should be handled by the U.S. attorney’s office.

In the absence of any big news from those investigations, Jenkins said it’s difficult to keep everyone focused on the need for dual inquiries.

“Many in the state are ready to hand the investigation off to the feds and allow state officials to focus on issues beyond the governor’s behavior in the fall,” she said.

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