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Poll: Christie's Popularity Slips, Big Majority Doubts Governor Is Being Honest

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Chris Christie, New Jersey, poll, corruption, ethics, dishonesty, government, lies, politics, republicans )

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n a major warning sign to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), a new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll shows the Republican's popularity slipping - even outside the tri-state area.

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Edwin M (346)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 4:12 am
This is just the tip of the iceberg wait until they release the records on the investigation of his Lieutenant Governor
His running mate, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, is a central figure in a hush-hush pension fraud probe that began more than two years ago. Now the Christie Administration is arguing in court that the outcome, findings and all other records of the investigation should remain state secrets.

In a quest for those records, a New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing the state Division of Criminal Justice. A hearing is scheduled for October 3 in Mercer County Superior Court.
DCJ began its investigation in May 2011 at the behest of a pension board, according to a sworn statement by a state official. Christie, Guadagno and DCJ officials have declined comment. In court papers, the state refuses to acknowledge whether the case is open or closed.
Politicians, you gotta love em, Thanks Carrie

Lona G (80)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 6:29 am
Thanks, Carrie. Polls is one thing, proving that he is connected is another. I hope they won't let it go and keep digging, because as Edwin M says, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

John B (185)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 7:39 am
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Ms. Gomez. We all know now what kind of Governor he is, typical GOP! Read and noted.

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 1:32 pm
I have been in the habit of warning people NOT to buy into Christie's PR machine's bull, going back to well before the scandal s broke.
The man has strong armed the state \es politicians, and has apparently reinvigorated the Political Boss system, here.

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 1:55 pm
Not a big surprise considering the hunt and coverage of it all. Almost seems like an intended consequence, I wonder...

I really can't wait to see the results of the investigations. One thing that does concern me is the supposed bipartisan investigation led (co-chaired) by Wisnewski and Weinberg. Two people who at the onset of it all stated they didn't believe Christie. That definitely assures an unbiased investigation. Right? Yup, an investigative team of 8 democrats and 4 republicans. Totally even and unbiased in my mind for sure. Also, I see no problem whatsoever with Wisnewski being the deciding factor on who sees what on that investigative team. If he doesn't want you to see it, you won't. Totally without bias for sure.

Mitchell the political boss system never left New Jersey. I don't know why you would believe it has. The Hudson County bosses are right there with Zimmer.

I am confused by her letters of evidence that predate the actual "threat". I also find her journal almost written like a mad woman in a rubber room. I also find her assertions that no one would listen to her or support her, that she was afraid, a bit far fetched. Especially during an election year. So many democrats would have jumped on her bandwagon as you see now.

I will wait for the end of these investigations.

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. We definitely need more and more coverage of this. Nobody covered the Carl Lewis story yet. I am disappointed.

One other thing Hoboken has nerve saying they didn't get their fair share of Sandy money. 85% of the state saw damage in Sandy. She should get more. Please....

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 4:33 pm
Thank you for sharing Carrie. In my opinion Christie keeps digging himself into a bigger hole and wont have a chance.

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:06 pm
Here is some blood for you all...

I do find it interesting that he is finally under investigation. That Melgin stuff has been around for a while and no one did anything. There was an ethics investigation but I never heard more on it. Now this new federal investigation relating to these illegals. Interesting. It would seem he has lost cover and favor with his boss.

Talk about abuse of power, Menendez, a Hudson Country politician, one of the best.

Coming down on him now for it all that he is causing grief with the Iran sanctions every more interestng.

That's politics folks.

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:07 pm
Should read even more interesting. Wish their was an edit after the fact. Sorry.

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:13 pm
Just to be clear. The above regarding Dr. Melgen has been on my radar since the beginning, not because of the prostitution allegations, that's personal. I don't care. I do care about these allegations that are there and really happened.

"By speaking with top federal health officials about a finding that Melgen had overbilled Medicare by nearly $9 million, and by attempting to help a Melgen-owned company with a port security contract in the Dominican Republic."

Hmm $100,000 to the democrats. I wonder if Maddow will cover this with as much zeal as other things covered recently.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:48 pm
For the best coverage on "Christie Gate" & related matters, Watch
Rachel Maddow on TV or on the internet at this link:

Yes, Christie's "popularity" has gone down, no doubt.

ty, Carrie.

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 6:13 pm
This is what drives me crazy. The allegations against Menendez back then were major and important to all Americans. They were ignored and given a pass. None of this was big news and it should be. He was re-elected and now he sits in a really powerful position and although it does go off topic here. No outrage at that.

But two of three access lanes from one way to access the bridge from Fort Lee were closed. The bridge itself never shut down, access though limited still available from one of the three lanes Fort Lee has and all other entrances not touched causes a national crisis.

Yes, Governor Christie will probably not be President because of this event not directly involving him at the moment. So be it. What about all the other crap flowing around though. Shall we give it another pass.

Although, maybe this will gain speed this time because Menendez has defied President Obama in his plans for Iran. I hope people do react to it this time. Check in to it. Dig around. Not pretty at all.

. (0)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 6:35 pm
Very informative. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Katie and Bill D (107)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 9:03 pm
Yes always watch Rachel! Thank You Carrie

Jason R (67)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 10:47 pm
Big surprise. A kid asks Christie, what's your favorite movie? CC: You aren't old enough to watch it. It's The Godfather. How did I know that?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday January 24, 2014, 1:33 am
I would be surprised if he can live this down before the election. However, one never knows what GOP sponsors' money can do. For this reason, please donate to the Democrats now.

Emma S (239)
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:00 am
Thanks, Carrie.

Big majority doubts he's being honest? No shit, Sherlock!

Lynn S (235)
Friday January 24, 2014, 3:22 am
There are often crumbs around many politicians, but Republicanus/Teabaggers like Christie seem to have more, much more! Christie, your cookies are crumbling! Let's sweep Mr Christie into the trash can. Time for fresh cookies . . . and not from Mr Christie!

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:15 am
Jason, although in the same vein it was Goodfellas, not Godfather.

Yes, donate to the witch hunt. Maybe all that money can pay some of these lawyer bills coming out.

I have to laugh Governor Christie is being demonized for not talking about this at the Camden school he visited yesterday. Yeah, that would be an appropriate conversation for sure at this school. Business still needs to take place in this state. I am glad it is.

No mention of the free dinner meals that will be providing to this areas school children that was discussed yesterday or to any of the other education related issues.

No, the interest here would seem to be attack and movies. Very good.

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:05 am
I heard him…
Chris Christie Movie Parodies ---> - Democratic Underground
A little boy asked him, "What's your favorite movie?" Christie replied, "The Godfather." Bam!

Either way. The mob didn't disappear with Gotti...

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:08 am
"If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Find a way to cut PROPERTY TAXES. Less government spending! End corruption."

Just cause more poverty, eh?

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:23 am
Jason, damn straight property taxes would be just about #1 on my list of things I would do as a Mayor. Do you realize how many seniors are forced to move out of homes that they may not be ready to leave to because their property taxes are extreme? Do you know how many families can not afford homes because property taxes would actually be more per month than their monthly mortgage payment? I am at my town's meeting every two weeks and I see it. I live it. I was not stupid when I purchased my home in 1996. Saved up and put 40% down. My taxes far outweigh my monthly mortgage payment.

The average property tax bill in NJ has to be between $7,500 - $8,000. That doesn't necessarily include many services either. In my town we pay separate for garbage pick up, we have a volunteer fire and ems. No the property taxes pay for police and schools for the most part. $8,000 of my tax bill goes to the school. The rest for police for the most part and hardly any services at all. I don't live in a mansion. I do have a big yard by Jersey standards, under an acre. My taxes were about $12,000 before Christie and now just under $11,000. That is a huge problem which hinders home ownership in NJ.

Obviously in Jersey we are plentiful in corruption. Money is spent in wrong ways and without enough accountability. Yet, I would be the cause of poverty....hardly.

You really don't know Jersey do you. I think my list is pretty realistic for a mayors goals.

Thanks for checking my profile out though.

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:35 am
About the movie thing, I didn't see him speak or any video on him. I read a local article last night, guess they were wrong. Then again, the media often is.

I'd like to explain something further to you. My family is small business, we are not rich. We have been decimated by this economy which actually in NJ started to fail long before the national economy. I am not a fan of big corporations or insurance companies of any kind. No small business person would be. he insurance companies, to name a few of the coverages we must carry: workman's comp, liability, vehicle, healthcare rape small businesses, especially in Jersey. Payroll taxes both state and federal. Everybody wants what little money you can bring in. You have to be careful though when you condemn corporations because the reality is they are not all big, many are small business with a corporate status.

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:19 am
Do you realize how many seniors are forced to move out of homes that they may not be ready to leave to because their property taxes are extreme?

Do you realize that this bush/republican depression caused all of the problems we have today?

85 people now have and hold more money than the bottom 3.5 million people. Do you see the problem?

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:21 am
Obama has been trying to raise taxes on the rich for 5 years!

Jason R (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:23 am
85 people now have and hold more money than the bottom 3.5 Billion people. Do you see the problem?

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:28 am
No, Bush didn't cause the property tax situation in New Jersey.

Are we talking state politics or national politics. You really not confuse the two.

Suzanne O (33)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:58 am
"should" not.
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