New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's job approval rating stands at 51%, with 41% disapproving Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.

That's slightly better than the 50% approval rating had in February, but 14 points lower than December before the Bridgegate scandal erupted.

"The bleeding has stopped for now," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  "The poll was conducted after the Mastro report was released, but this does not seem to be the reason why Christie's ratings have stabilized.  In fact, New Jerseyans agree with the report's conclusions."

Fifty two percent say the report was done to help Christie's reputation.  Only 30% see it as fair and unbiased.

The report released last week by Attorney Randy Mastro said Governor Christie had no knowledge of the George Washington Bridge lane closures.  It blamed former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and former Port Authority official David Wildstein for the incident.

Thirty two percent of New Jerseyans believe Christie has been completely honest about the scandal.  Sixty one percent say he has not come clean.

Christie's job approval rating is lower among those who have been paying attention to the scandal.  It's also lower among those who know about the Mastro report.

"Considering the governor does worse among those who know about the Mastro investigation, it's possible we could see a negative impact on Christie's rating as more New Jerseyans become aware of the report's contents," said Murray.


Source:  Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press

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