It Just Keeps Getting Worse for Chris Christie: New Poll Shows Massive Drop in Popularity

1611222_10152174301002489_1675149697_oIt wasn’t that long ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the toast of the town.  He had cruised to an easy victory in his re-election bid and all people could talk about was him being the next great hope for the Republican party.

Heck, I even saw several different polls that had him leading potential Democratic candidate (and massive favorite to become president in 2016) Hillary Clinton.  Something no other potential Republican contender had yet to accomplish in any credible polls.

And even though all of this happened only a couple of months ago, Chris Christie’s star has certainly fallen.

After the “bridge scandal,” and now the most recent allegations by the Mayor of Hoboken that Christie withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds because she refused to approve a redevelopment plan he supported, Christie’s popularity has plummeted.

In a recent poll, Americans responding that they have an unfavorable view of Christie doubled since this time last year.  A year ago, the same poll showed only 17 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of the New Jersey governor, but following the recent scandals that have plagued Christie that number has doubled to 34 percent.

Also a telling sign is a poll that showed most Americans don’t believe that Governor Christie had nothing to do with the now infamous “bridge scandal.”  The poll showed that 58 percent of those asked don’t believe Christie when he says he had no knowledge of the bridge controversy, which saw two lanes of the George Washington Bridge closed in an apparent retaliation against a mayor who refused to endorse Christie for governor.

Which is a feeling I’ve echoed myself.  I just find it incredibly hard to believe that Christie knew absolutely nothing about this.  Personally, I believe he’s the one who ordered it — even if the evidence we currently have access to doesn’t confirm that.

Though the allegations of withholding of Hurricane Sandy relief from the town of Hoboken by its mayor might turn out to be far more damning.

Staging a political stunt such as closing a few lanes of a bridge in a pathetic retaliation ploy is one thing — withholding disaster relief in an effort to force a redevelopment project is a whole other level of corruption and unethical behavior.

I guess time will tell how this all plays out as more evidence is sure to be made public, but I think it’s safe to say that (at least for now) Christie’s time as the “darling of the Republican party” is pretty much over.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Gary Menten

    The Fat lady is warming up her tonsils. Prepare to exit, stage left.

    • Pipercat

      ~chuckle~

  • katherine norton malek

    I found Zimmerman entirely credible. I’m sure there’s much more to come under subpoenas. The emails already uncovered reveal enough dirty dealing. A staff member calls Fort Lee’s mayor “that little Serb”?? Another stated kids on school buses just “kids of Buono voters”. (I’m sure there had to have been one Republican child on one of those many stranded buses). CC as bully pulpit and phoney baloney is particularly ironic since as AG he vigorously prosecuted NJ govmnt corruption. Sadly, all these storms swirling around him might only further endear him to right wing Republicans. Politically, at least, his new image as bully may gain him a faction of GOPers – you know, the ones who jumped up & down because he had physical contact (hugged) with our dark skinned Pres. on national TV. Would LOVE to see him forge forward as the RNC’s Presidential candidate. T’would make it that much easier for Hillary or whoever runs on the Dem. ticket. Yes, Christie for President. That’s the ticket! LMAO

  • Brett

    I did kinda like the fat guy…. I should have known, him being a modern Republican, the apple wouldn’t have fallen far from that tree…If it had, he would have eaten it…..

  • PamB1

    Put them all under oath, including Christie, and let’s see if they perjure themselves. You don’t see them declaring they are open to Lie Detector tests, do you. Once a thug and bully—always a thug and bully………

  • white trash religious teaparty

    im LOVING how FOX “news” is TRYING(and failing) to walk back this charade———————- OK!!! whos the next GOP failure??? Tcruz????

  • Jo Clark

    I really do think, as far as polls go, you’d find a whole lot of folks who are reserving final opinion for when the facts all finally come out. This is so new and for the most part uninvestigated so far. I’d venture a guess these numbers will go much lower as more facts emerge.

  • AbbeyRoadkill

    That is one big piece of toast.

  • rossbro

    Fat Boy’s goose is cooked !

  • Poogie Bell

    A HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • William H. Depperman

    The Truth!
    Threat to Obamacare Behind Bridgegate Provocation!

    One Provocation Too Many! People Start to Smell a Rat!

    Although Chris Christie has taken Reprisals and Retaliated when Democratic Mayors would Not Endorse Him, Bridgegate for the Obama Regime has Little to Do with“Vendettas” or “Revenge and Everything to do with OBAMACARE!”

    The
    Obama Regime wants to Prosecute “Bridgegate as an ABUSE OF POWER!

    But
    the Chris Christie Bridgegate Provocation was a PUT-UP JOB—Apparently
    Orchestrated by the Obama Regime and “Intelligence Community” in order to
    Discredit the Republican Demagogue Christie prior to the 2016 Presidential
    Election! Before Bridgegate Christie could have defeated anyone who supported
    The hated Population Reduction Measure—“ObamaCare”—and has threatened To
    OVERTURN OBAMACARE!

    INTRODUCTION: It is an
    indisputable fact that the Obama Regime would be “out to get” and to discredit
    anyone who represents a viable threat to Obamacare—designed as a clumsy
    population reduction measure with maximum deniability! Christie’s
    opposition to Obamacare is coming FROM THE RIGHT NOT THE LEFT! Christie
    simply opposes government involvement in healthcare and would be opposed to
    Socialized Medicine to an even greater degree than the Obamacare Scam! The
    masses want and need Socialized Medicine but the capitalists would never do
    what is necessary to make that easily affordable even under capitalism. Today
    there is more money in the United States than ever before in all history,
    enough money for each and every person to live like a millionaire this minute
    with no exception and with no exaggeration! Yet there is also the greatest
    income disparity, the greatest income difference, in all human history! The
    capitalists have stolen all the money! Paying for the so-called “Single-Payer Plan”
    would be very, very easy if the capitalist dictatorship would TAX ALL
    INCOME! But that will never happen under capitalism! Only the first $117,000,
    the Federal Taxable Wage Base, is taxed! Through this mechanism of paying
    Federal Income Taxes on only a tiny percentage of their income and “Supply-Side
    Economics” and $4.7 trillion bank bailouts the remaining tax base has been
    deliberately, artificially and maliciously undermined to produce a “strategic
    budget deficit” as the pretext to wage escalating economic warfare of
    extermination against the American people in a program called Enforced
    Social Darwinism!

    BRIDGEGATE:

    The
    question is whether Bridgegate and the events surrounding Chris Christie are
    part of an orchestrated, choreographed and carefully designed Provocation, or
    whether they just happened spontaneously like Topsy. The answer may be a little
    bit of both! One of the first calculated laws of a Provocation or political
    assassination is that the person(s) being targeted or their surviving family in
    the case of assassination, for example, is the least aware of what is happening
    or, the precise reasons for the Provocation due to its shock nature and the
    fact that it is often completely unexpected! That has proved true with
    Republican Governor Chris Christie. If Christie were to simply explain the gist
    of what follows, assuming he agrees with this materialist analysis, he could
    make political hay for himself and use what appears to be a
    U.S.-government-orchestrated Provocation to help himself enormously rather than
    foolishly playing a defensive game, which Christie is doing 100%!

    The
    capitalist dictatorship wants the masses to believe that the Governor of New
    Jersey, Chris Christie himself, in a supposed act of hubris (Christie is an
    egomaniac), and vengeance, directed against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee,
    New Jersey, Mark Sokolich, supposedly in retribution “for not supporting his
    second candidacy for Governor,” had 2 of 3 access lanes of I-95 leading to the
    George Washington Bridge closed in supposed “retaliation” from September 9th
    to September 13th, 2013 in order to snarl traffic and “punish
    Sokolich?” The pretext for the lanes closures was supposedly for “a traffic
    study,” but the procedures for such a study were not followed according to Senator
    Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia (!?), who received a letter from the Port
    Authority RESPONDING TO ROCKEFELLER’S IMMEDIATE INQUIRY (!)
    documenting that the Port Authority had NOT followed their own correct
    procedures. By its immediate intervention and statements the USA capitalist
    dictatorship has indicated that it intends to “MAKE A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF IT, and has
    initiated a wide-ranging investigation that will include Christie’s use of $25
    million in Hurricane Sandy Relief money for an ad campaign to promote the
    Jersey Shore! Bridgegate began with the media, which is simply an arm of the USA
    “intelligence community (see below),” publishing an email from
    Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridgett Anne Kelly, effectively directing
    the Port Authority (PA) official, David Wildenstein, to close the lanes,
    stating: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” with Wildenstein’s
    response: “Got it” sealing the issue. The U.S. “intelligence community” knew
    the fact that Wildenstein was a former Livingston High School classmate and
    long-time friend of Christie who was personally appointed by Gov. Christie,
    would just make him very easy to manipulate and better insure the success of
    the Bridgegate Provocation.

    Subsequent
    to Bridgegate, the New York Times (January 14, 2014) and other sources revealed that
    Christie had apparently withheld Port Authority Funds and Hurricane Sandy
    Recovery and Relief Funds from several Democratic New Jersey mayors for not
    endorsing his re-election! The Mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, was denied
    money from the Port Authority and Hurricane Sandy relief funds as well as
    cooperation on multiple levels, which was first offered and then withdrawn as
    six (6) meetings set up to help the city were canceled within an hour of his
    informing Christie’s office that for political reasons he could not support
    Christie’s re-election. Fulop recounted that Jersey City had a high number of
    Gay men and Lesbians and Christie was fighting the Legislature’s attempt to
    legalize same-sex marriage. Then on January 17, 2014 the Democratic Mayor of
    Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, who had always supported Chris Christie, said that
    Christie threatened and then withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds over her
    opposition to the lucrative “Rockefeller Group” redevelopment project, which
    was deemed inappropriate by the Hoboken Planning Board. Zimmer said that
    Hoboken, which was 80% underwater after Hurricane Sandy and which had suffered
    extensive damage as a result, had so far only received tiny grants of $142,000
    and $200,000 from the $127 million of relief funds requested and from the $25
    million available statewide. If Zimmer can document her claims in court then it
    is NOT simply a case of “She said versus She said,” with Zimmer accusing New
    Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno of delivering the threat, “a direct
    message from the governor.” Note that by October 13, 2013, 58 elected Democrats
    had endorsed Chris Christie.

    It is a
    fact that immediately after Hurricane Sandy, which more than any other event,
    built the reputation of Chris Christie, Obama, in an effort to demonstrate
    involvement and simultaneously win over Republican voters telephoned Chris
    Christie early on October 30, 2011 (The Bergen Record, October 13, 2013) and
    visited and toured New Jersey devastation the next day. Obama and Christie
    spoke every day for 10 days and Obama helped him immediately in each and every
    instance that he had any problem, e.g. with FEMA or the Army. Obama was doing
    it for his own purposes obviously to get re-elected and Christie was doing it
    to help New Jersey recover after Hurricane Sandy and to help his own
    re-election prospects. When Christie started calling Obamacare a “failure that
    won’t succeed” he told the truth but betrayed the Obama Regime. So the Obama
    Regime was doubly motivated to neutralize Republican Chris Christie and it
    appears that is what has happened with Bridgegate! Calling it an orchestrated
    provocation by the Obama Regime would do the most to putting it into proper
    perspective.

    It is a fact that
    capitalist politicians reward their friends and punish their enemies. As
    described above Chris Christie went to the limit after his second election as
    New Jersey Governor. That is
    capitalism, and Christie is undoubtedly 100% guilty of “abuse of power” in these cited instances, but
    Christie should demand a Jury Trial and the issue should not be “decided” by
    the say-so pronouncement of an Obama Regime prosecutor, judge OR
    Obama-packed agency! But if the Obama Regime and so-called “intelligence
    community,” which includes the media, were to have first begun their
    media-wide, full-court press targeting Christie simply with a charge of
    “misallocation of Hurricane Sandy Funds,” and “depriving Democratic Mayors of
    money to rebuild” it would have looked very much like a case of SOUR GRAPES! Especially
    after Obama himself visited New Jersey 2 days after the storm! Therefore, some
    other event was definitely needed and that event appears to be the carefully
    worked out and fully and successfully orchestrated: Bridgegate! The
    “intelligence community” knew all of Christie’s staff. They knew all his
    appointments. Most importantly they had a person inside the Christie
    Administration: Bridget Anne Kelly, who understood “National Security!”

    The most
    likely explanation for Bridgegate is that Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of
    Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, was apparently contacted by a high-ranking person
    from the misnamed, so-called “intelligence community” on the basis of “National
    Security” and quizzed as to her position on Obamacare and other matters. Prior
    to contact, so-called “intelligence” already had at their disposal Kelly’s full
    dossier. The fact that she had worked for Senator John McCain’s fake
    “presidential campaign,” which was deliberately self-sabotaged by McCain
    himself and the media on the basis of “National Security” in order to insure
    that the Democrat Obama would be elected President, because only a Democrat,
    with the support of the traditional Democratic constituencies, could be able to
    ram through what were previously known as the “Bush Programs.” And that has
    happened in spades! Obama makes Bush look like a choirboy both in foreign
    policy by the multiple wars he has started and by his multiple assassinations,
    and also domestically with Obamacare, the “Sequester,” Government Shutdowns,
    “Budget Deals” and “Race to the Top, ”all highly contrived programs of Enforced
    Social Darwinism and population reduction!”

    Anne Kelly
    would HAVE TO HAVE KNOWN that McCain was
    self-sabotaging his own 2008 campaign so the request by the “intelligence community”
    for her to help carry out a similar maneuver which would sabotage the 2016
    Presidential Campaign of her current boss Chris Christie, if not his prospects
    to even receive the Republican nomination would not be rejected out of hand
    simply because she was already compromised by her participation in the
    self-sabotaged 2008 McCain Campaign. During Kelly’s employment by McCain the
    “intelligence community” already had her personality profile, resume
    (curriculum vitae), family history and perhaps most importantly a record of all
    of her recent telephone conversations word for word and her recent email
    activity word for word and her Internet activity! The latter we know for a fact
    from the revelations of Andrew J. Snowden. From this information the Capitalist
    Dictatorship in its latest Obama Regime incarnation knew they had the woman for
    the job! This is the ONLY explanation which fits the facts! Anne Kelly
    was undoubtedly assured that no harm would come to her for helping out the
    Regime. And in fact her rehabilitation as “team player” has already begun with
    an extremely ingratiating article in the New York Times, (January 14, 2014). So it
    appears that the Obama Regime and “intelligence community” are demonstrating
    its thanks to Ms. Kelly and she undoubtedly still has a “bright future.”

    In deciding
    whether the above materialist analysis is correct the question then becomes
    what makes the most sense and who had the actual MOTIVE to shut
    down traffic to the George Washington Bridge and snarl traffic? Motive was always
    the most important aspect of an crime according to Sherlock Holmes: “Who has
    the MOTIVE dear Dr. Watson?” And WHO has the resources to point a BIG
    TIME FINGER at Christie and partially at least FRAME HIM UP? Christie himself would have no such motive
    to design such a contrived traffic jam with the support of over 58 Democratic
    New Jersey mayors! But that number may now dwindle to nothing! Though he is a
    Republican demagogue and generally rewards his friends and punishes his enemies
    like all other capitalist politicians, Christie is an attorney and understands
    the law very well. Moreover CHRISTIE HAD NO MOTIVE to
    generate problems for himself or those traveling by car into Manhattan, which
    would include many people from New Jersey! The Bridgegate allegations do not
    make political sense. Christie—a Demagogue—would NEVER do anything
    undermine his own political base—the citizens of New Jersey! Christie
    had in addition no history of acting in such a way to inflict “vengeance” or
    “seek revenge” on the constituencies of Democrats who did not support his
    second gubernatorial bid! But that revenge seems to have now materialized.
    Bridgegate appears to be a carefully thought, well designed PROVOCATION to damage
    Christie’s nomination as the Republican candidate against the Democrat Hillary,
    who has clearly already been made “president” by the capitalist dictatorship of
    millionaires and billionaires in order to continue the Obama programs…as long
    as she does not have to go against Chris Christie!

    OVERTURNING
    OBAMACARE IS ONE OF THE CAPITALISTS GREATEST FEARS!

    Overturning
    Obamacare, which is consistently opposed by 55% of the population, is one of
    the greatest fears of the far-right Obama Regime and the capitalist
    dictatorship, which wants to reduce the USA population generally and
    change the so-called “Population Demographic” in order to substantially reduce
    the number of older people. The capitalist dictatorship intends to achieve this
    objective by bringing a significant percentage of Americans to an earlier
    death! This is to be accomplished by waging an economic war of extermination on
    every conceivable basis against the American people! This is another way of
    saying that the capitalist dictatorship seeks to murder a significant
    percentage of its people. The Obama Regime and the USA capitalist dictatorship
    of millionaires and billionaires is using as its weapons in the population
    reduction scheme: 1.) The Targeted Depression affecting primarily the Working
    Class, the Poor and People of Color; 2.) Obamacare; 3.) the “Sequester;”4.) The
    unanimous cutting of Food Stamps by both Republicans and Democrats in both the
    House and the Senate; 5.) The consistently high rate of Mortgage Foreclosures;
    6.) The cutting of $716 Billion from Medicare and 7.) The program of
    “Biofuels.” ALL are designed to help achieve this objective of a reduced
    population and changed population demographic! For example, Biofuels are NOT designed
    to make the USA energy independent or energy efficient. By LAW, By Mandate, 40% of the U.S. corn
    crop must be sold to be burned to produce a 10% Biofuel, which destroys
    internal combustion engines. Biofuels are ALL much more expensive to
    produce. Biofuels are actually designed to raise food prices, create food
    shortages and generate Mass Starvation starting in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Note:
    In order to hoodwink the traditional Democratic constituencies and manipulate
    support for Obamacare, which is a textbook definition of a scam and a total
    healthcare disaster on virtually every basis, from raising the cost of medical
    visits and surgical procedures to outright rationing healthcare to a trickle of
    what was even previously available, all sorts of Big Lies have been employed.
    Closet right-wing Democratic Party characters like Senate Majority Leader Harry
    Reid, have actually tried to foster the ridiculous false belief that Obamacare
    might be a back door to a supposed “Single-Payer” Healthcare System, namely
    Socialized Medicine! Reid answered: “Yes, yes! Absolutely yes!” when he was
    asked on the PBS program “Nevada Week in Review” if his goal was to “move
    Obamacare to a single-payer system”—meaning Socialized Medicine! In this
    instance we can not simply assume that Reid is a naïve simpleton. Reid knows
    very well that capitalism has a development sequence, a dynamic of its own
    entirely independent of the wills of the capitalists and politicians and that
    politicians like himself simply ride that dynamic to the top based on the
    extent that they express and further that One-Way Dynamic of Capitalism, which
    leads to Fascism, barbarism and the End of Civilization. Reid further knows
    that Obamacare—a Far-Right-Wing, Fascist Scheme—is an expression of this
    One-Way Dynamic of Capitalism. For Reid to imply that Obamacare “could
    be moved to” Socialized Medicine is like saying Fascism is the road to Communism,
    when both occupy the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Reid’s suggestion
    would be that of idealist/nihilist idiot Susan Sontag in reverse, who claimed:
    “Communism is a variant of Fascism with a human face.” The Law of Unity of
    Opposites, the Second Law of Dialectical and Historical Materialism, which does
    permit a person to be both a capitalist and Communist simultaneously, would
    probably not apply to Reid’s suggestion! But such a knowingly and deliberately
    false illusion is being perpetrated by the Obama Regime and the capitalist
    dictatorship in order to try to manipulate support for the Fascist Obamacare!

    WHAT
    SHOULD CHRIS CHRISTIE DO?

    The
    Capitalist Dictatorship intends to hang their orchestrated Bridgegate Provocation
    around the neck of Chris Christie and possibly rightfully add the charge of ABUSE
    OF POWER in order to discourage support for Christie and possibly run him out of
    office! If Christie is able to expose and properly explain Bridgegate as a Deliberately
    Orchestrated Provocation carried out by HIS Enemies in the Obama Regime and the
    Federal Government, who fear that he could lead the overturning of Obamacare,
    he can might still win the Republican nomination and the presidency. Even
    if he is not able to explain this Provocation entirely because of the fact that
    he himself is the target, there is a general awareness that Bridgegate
    does NOT MAKE SENSE coming out of nowhere. But many people understand cause
    and effect and some are able to think inductively and are able to fill in the
    few gaps! Although it is always possible that Chris Christie could be
    terminated with extreme prejudice it is much more likely that the USA capitalist
    dictatorship will be able to continue legal proceedings against Christie to a
    sufficient extent so that his nomination or candidacy will be permanently
    sabotaged. The media will also do everything possible to discredit him on a
    continuous basis. Further provocations, though possible do not appear to be
    necessary and it does not look like it will be necessary to directly ASSASSINATE
    CHRIS CHRISTIE. We are living in End-Stage Capitalism and Obama is the
    “Assassination President” as Bush II was the “Torture President,” although Bush
    also had Senator Paul Wellstone and his whole family assassinated for refusing
    to halt his criticism of the Bush Regime! Chris Christie should therefore still
    watch his back.

    William H. Depperman, Coordinator

    United Front Against Racism

    And Capitalism-Imperialism

    New York, N.Y. 10003

    January 22, 2014