Poll: Christie should go if he knew of 'Bridgegate'
© Greg Nash

A majority of New Jersey voters say Gov. Chris Christie (R) should be removed from office if he ordered or was aware that a 2013 George Washington Bridge traffic jam was created for political retribution.

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Thirty-four percent of voters said Christie, who is considering a run for president, should be removed from office if he was involved, and an additional 29 percent said he should be removed and face prosecution, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Twenty-nine percent said an apology would suffice.

While 53 percent of voters said they believe Christie was aware of the “Bridgegate” incident, in which aides allegedly ordered the closure of lanes on the bridge in order to create traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., 57 percent say they believe he did not order the closures himself.

The findings come as prosecutors reportedly prepare indictments not only in the Bridgegate scandal, but also related to corruption allegations that have plagued the Christie administration.

Whether he faces criminal prosecution, Christie’s job approval rating continues to drop. Fifty-six percent of voters disapprove of the job he is doing, and 38 percent approve, Quinnipiac found. That is the lowest approval rating recorded for Christie by the survey group.

Sixty-five percent said he would not make a good president; 29 percent said he would.

The poll had a sample of 1,428 people and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. It was conducted April 9–14.