By John Ostapkovich
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Three new polls are out, tracking public reaction to Governor Christie and “Bridgegate.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Blast Of Frigid Air Makes Parts Of Region Colder Than Alaska
Bottom line: his image has been dinged but not totaled.
Of course, a far higher percentage of Garden Staters have been keeping up with Bridgegate, but Quinnipiac found that the governor is called a “leader” by 54 percent of respondents and a “bully” by 40 percent — a lower “bully” score than he’s often gotten.READ MORE: Bucks County DJ Service Raises Money To Buy Smoke Detectors For Local Families
Fifty-one percent called Christie “trustworthy.”
The governor’s job approval slipped six percent in the Monmouth/AP poll, but it’s still at 59 percent. Two-thirds of those responding thought the George Washington Bridge lane closures underlying the “Bridgegate” scandal (see related stories) were political, but three-fourths think that’s politics-as-usual.
Nationally, 60 percent say their opinion of Christie has not changed, although only one in five paid much attention to the controversy. Far more indicted they were concentrating on the wicked winter weather.MORE NEWS: Schuylkill Dredging Project Gets $5 Million From Federal Infrastructure Bill