Poll: Christie administration’s investigation was ‘whitewash’

Mel Evans/AP - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied.
Mel Evans/AP - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University finds New Jersey voters view an investigation into the Christie administration's bridge scandal conducted by a Christie-appointed lawyer to be a "whitewash" rather than a legitimate investigation.

Given those two options, people said 56-36 percent that it was a whitewash.

The investigation, conducted by Randy Mastro, found that Christie had no involvement in the plot to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J., at the mouth of the George Washington Bridge.

Two other probes -- one federal and one led by New Jersey legislators -- are still being conducted. Voters are split 46-46 percent on whether the legislature's probe, which has had its problems, is legitimate or is a witchhunt.

The poll finds New Jerseyans say overwhelming that they don't think Christie personally ordered the traffic jam -- 64-26 percent -- but they also say that he was aware of the plot, by 51-42 percent.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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