Seven in ten Americans have not changed their opinion of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the bridge scandal that rocked his administration a week ago, a new NBC News/ Marist poll reveals.
Additionally, 44 percent of respondents say they believe Christie is telling the truth when he says he had no knowledge of his underlings’ efforts to exact political retribution by closing lanes of the George Washington bridge.
“The numbers suggest it’s far from politically fatal for him,” Marist pollster Lee Miringoff told NBC News.
Last week, Christie’s aides were busted shutting down access ramps to the George Washington Bridge in an effort to create deliberate gridlock in Fort Lee, New Jersey (home to a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s 2013 reelection bid).
This week, Christie is facing fire over the alleged misuse of disaster relief funding provided in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Christie used the money on “marketing” television commercials starring him and his family.
The NBC News/Marist poll surveyed 1,200 adults nationwide from January 12-14. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.