Voters see Christie as less presidential amid scandal


Chris Christie (Mel Evans/AP)

New Jersey Gov. Christie (R) continues to lose ground when it comes to his potential 2016 presidential bid, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows that the percentage of Americans who think Christie would make a good president is down 14 points from just two months ago. While 49 percent said so in November, 35 percent say so today.

A December poll from Quinnipiac showed Christie at 42 percent and Hillary Clinton at 41 percent.  Today, Clinton leads 46-38.

A member of Christie’s staff was implicated earlier this month in a plot to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J. Since then, some Democrats have accused Christie’s office of exacting similar political retribution. Christie has yet to be personally tied to any wrongdoing.

The results mirror an NBC News poll from last week that also showed Clinton growing a sizeable lead on Christie. The two are seen as perhaps their parties' best hopes of winning the White House in 2016.

Among independents, a majority says the situation has no impact on their vote. But many more say it makes them less likely to support Christie (35 percent) as say it makes them more likely to do so (4 percent).

Christie is about to deliver his inaugural address for his second term.

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

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