First poll: New Jersey to Christie --- We don't believe you

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,New Jersey,2016 Elections,Chris Christie,Bridge Scandal

In the first New Jersey poll on Gov. Chris Christie's bridge nightmare, 56 percent said he should quit if he knew about his staff's effort to retaliate against the Fort Lee, N.J., mayor, and 39 percent said they are less likely to vote for him for president.

Worse, Rasmussen Reports found that a majority in the state don't believe Christie's denials that he was out of the loop on the affair, which threatens his presidential aspirations.

In the poll taken after his Thursday press conference, some 54 percent of New Jersey voters said they believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Christie was plugged in. From Rasmussen: "54 percent of likely New Jersey voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Christie was aware that traffic lanes onto the George Washington Bridge were being closed as retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee’s refusal to support the governor’s reelection. Thirty-six percent think it’s unlikely Christie was aware beforehand. This includes 30 percent who say it’s very likely he was aware and 17 percent who say it’s not at all likely."

During that session with the media, Christie fired two aides who he said lied to him about the scandal, and he has promised further actions if others are involved.

The details from the poll:

– 56 percent think Christie should resign if he knew about Fort Lee retaliation.

– 39 percent say they are less likely to vote for him for president.

– 54 percent of likely New Jersey voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Christie was aware that traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge were being closed as retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee’s refusal to support the governor’s reelection.

– 36 percent think it’s unlikely Christie was aware beforehand.

– 73 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of unaffiliated voters believe Christie should resign if he was aware of the lane closures beforehand; 50 percent of Republicans disagree.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.