Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) speaks at the CPAC Conference, on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md.
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Polls show Gov. Christie’s approval dipping


The public is losing faith in Gov. Chris Christie as he continues to remain embroiled with the George Washington Bridge scandal. According to three new polls, Christie’s approval rating has fallen to a new low.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll shows more voters disaproving the governor at 44% than voters approving Christie at 41%. Christie’s popularity has gone down 20 points from October, just before the Republican governor was re-elected to a second term.

Tuesday’s number has fallen drastically in the past year. After superstorm Sandy devastated the shores and communities of the Garden State, FDU polling found Christie’s approval rating at 77%.

Meanwhile, the majority of Chris Christie’s constituents no longer find their governor “trustworthy,” according to another new poll released Tuesday. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll found 23% – an all time low – of voters using the word “trustworthy” to describe the embattled Republican governor.

Another 61% of New Jersey voters see Christie as at least “somewhat” trustworthy.

In the Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 16% of New Jersey voters fully believe Christie when he said he was unaware of the bridge lane closures, 35% “somewhat” believe him, and 44% do not believe him at all.

Another poll from the Des Moines Register shows 47% of Iowa Republicans disapproving how Christie has dealt with the bridge scandal, with 34% approving. Some 57% of Iowa voters overall disapprove of the way Christie has handled the controversy.