There are now several polls confirming that the bridge scandal is doing serious damage to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) standing in national polls. According to Pew Research the percentage of people who see Christie unfavorably jumped from only 17 percent last year to 34 percent this year. At the same time, the percent who see him favorable dropped from 40 percent to 38 percent.
This change in opinion about Christie has seriously hurt his electability argument. Ina Quinnipiac poll last month Christie was effectively tied with Hillary Clinton in a theoretical 2016 match-up. Now Christie trails Clinton by eight points. Back in December, by a margin of 49-31 percent, people thought he would make a good president. Since the scandal broke that is down to 35-36 percent
Christie has gone from by far the best performing general election candidate for Republican to just another member of the pack. He only performs two points better than Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Of course there is plenty of time for things to change before 2016 but right now is the time possible campaigns are trying to lock down donors and staffers. This is going to make that much more difficult for Christie.