Monday, February 24, 2014

Chris Christie's Hurricane Sandy Popularity 'Just a Fading Memory'

     This is what another poll out on Christie since the scandal broke is showing. 

     "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) approval rating has dropped 15 percent since the George Washington Bridge scandal broke and 20 percent over the course of the last year, according to aMonmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Monday."
    "The poll marks the first time voter approval of Christie has dipped below 50 percent since 2011, according to Politicker NJ."

     "While overall approval of the governor is down, 77 percent of Republicans in the state still approve of Christie. However, 89 percent of Republicans approved of the job Christie was doing in January."

     "Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray attributed Christie's fall to the bridge scandal and how it has overshadowed his accomplishments."

    "This hole is getting deeper. Christie’s image as the hero of Sandy is now just a fading memory," he said.
The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll surveyed 803 New Jersey residents via phone Feb. 19-23 with a margin of error plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."

      It's quite ironic as the GOP is always trying to build a huge scandal against the Democrats-they've been at it for 20 years-going back to Clinton and continuing today against President Obama-yet this has turned out to be just the kind of scandal they dreamed of but it's against a GOPer who had looked formidable for 2016. 

     Indeed, you could argue that Christie has been Karl Roved-as his 'strength has become his weakness' his greatest strength has become his greatest Achilles Heel-Hurricane Sandy. He's gone from looking like a hero to looking like the ultimate goat, someone who used these funds as a political ax rather than in the public interest. 

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

     "Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich met Friday with federal prosecutors who wanted to talk about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, Sokolich's attorney confirmed to TPM on Monday."

     "The meeting, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was a voluntary one. In a statement, Sokolich's attorney declined to discuss details of his client's conversation with members of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the district of New Jersey."

    "Since there is an ongoing criminal investigation, neither Mayor Sokolich nor I will comment on the substance of those discussions," attorney Tim Donohue wrote. "The Mayor is grateful for the efforts of the US Attorneys Office, and the Mayor and his entire administration will continue to cooperate fully with this investigation as well as the Select Committee's investigation."

    "Sokolich has been at the center of the bridge scandal from the start. The lane closures caused a massive, multi-day traffic jam in Fort Lee. The same week they began, Sokolich told a local columnist that he had begun to wonder if the closures were intended to send him "some sort of message." Democrats in the state have since suggested that the closures were retaliation against Sokolich's decision not to endorse Christie's re-election last year -- an allegation that has not been proven."

     So Sokolich-who seems to have been Christie's target in the lane closings, turned down the request of Christie's lawyers to come answer their questions in Christie's own alleged investigation-as did Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer-yet has accepted the federal investigators' request. I wonder why that might be? 

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