Gov. Chris Christie's popularity down at 2nd inaugural
EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie addressed New Jersey in his second inaugural speech even though his inaugural ball was snowed out and the latest controversies are putting a chill on his popularity.
"I think he could get past it," says Patti Leary, of Colonia. "But I don't know, I don't know how hard the Democrats are going to keep pushing it."
With multiple investigations into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge tied to Christie's staff and the mayor of Hoboken accusing the lieutenant governor of linking Sandy relief to a development project favored by Christie, some voters say they have their doubts.
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"I think he knew, I don't know why," says Linda McCalla. "But you can't get anything past the governor. He has to sign something."
Quinnipiac University's poll released inauguration day shows Christie slipping in popularity. In a matchup against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Christie trails 46 to 38 percent, down from a virtual tie last month.
Some voters want the governor to focus on issues close to home. "The system of New Jersey has just gone downhill, you know so many killings and so much violence and everything closing," says Alexander Ogburn, of Metuchen. "Hopefully we can finally start to turn everything around this time."
The biggest hit Christie may have taken is the opinion of voters who think he'd make a good president. In recent weeks, the Quinnapiac Poll shows that number has plunged by 14 points to just 35 percent of voters.