New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the “hottest” politician in the country, according to a new poll taken before the scandal surrounding a New Jersey bridge closure broke into the open Wednesday. 

Christie ranked highest on Quinnipiac University’s feeling thermometer, released Thursday, with a 55.5 percent rating. 

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The survey measured the public’s receptiveness to a number of political leaders using a scale from zero to 100, with the higher number representing “the warmer or more favorable” voters felt about a lawmaker. 

The New Jersey governor, seen as a potential candidate for president, also ranked at the top of the list when the polling firm did a similar survey last August. At that time, his rating stood at 53.1 percent. 

The poll was conducted Jan. 4-7 among 1,487 registered voters. It has a 2.3 percent margin of error. 

Christie is facing a firestorm after emails released Wednesday link a top aide to the governor to the closure of lanes on the state's George Washington Bridge last year. Critics have alleged the closure was political retribution on a Democratic mayor in the area who declined to endorse the governor’s reelection bid. 

Christie fired his deputy chief of staff on Thursday, saying he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by her conduct in regard to the closure. 

It is unclear how the controversy will affect his poll numbers. 

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Among Republicans, Christie drops down to 10th place on the list with a score of 58.6 percent. 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) ranks first among Republicans, with a rating of 75 percent. He also ranks second on the list overall.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rounds out the top three most favorable politicians overall with a 50.7 percent rating. 

Other potential GOP presidential candidates rank lower down on the list, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (49.6 percent), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (49.2 percent), Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (47.1 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (47.1 percent), Wisconsin Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (46.7 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (45.1 percent) and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (43.9 percent).

Vice President Biden ranks 13th on the list, with a rating of 43.7 percent.