Americans have taken a decidedly more negative view toward Chris Christie, according to a poll out Tuesday, a sign that the New Jersey governor’s once-solid national profile has been damaged by the scandals surrounding his administration.
To be sure, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that there are still plenty of Americans who don’t have an opinion of Christie. But among those who do, the Republican governor’s individual rating has taken a dip.
Only 22 percent said they have a positive view of Christie, down 11 points from the NBC/WSJ poll in October. Moreover, his negative rating has climbed from 17 percent in October to 29 percent in the latest survey.
The reversal to Christie’s standing dovetails with a rise in public skepticism toward his denials that he ordered or knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last summer. Forty-four percent now say that Christie is not telling the truth, while 42 percent say they buy his story.
An NBC/WSJ poll earlier this month showed that 44 percent believed Christie, compared with only 33 percent who didn’t think he was telling the truth.