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Majority of New Jersey residents approve of Christie but remain skeptical of role in bridge scandal

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A majority of New Jersey residents approve of Chris Christie's job as governor, even though many of them still believe that he was somewhat involved in the bridge scandal.

According to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll, 47 percent of New Jersey residents believe Christie was personally involved in the scandal. Thirty-eight percent believe Christie wasn't involved.

On top of that, 61 percent believe that the New Jersey governor has "not been completely honest" about the situation.

But Christie currently has a 51-percent approval rating, a surprisingly high number considering that most residents are not convinced that Christie is telling them the truth.

Christie's approval ratings have taking a hit from his whopping 70-percent approval rating from the same poll in February 2013, thanks to residents rallying behind his handling of Hurricane Sandy.

But Christie is gradually edging back to his pre-Sandy approval ratings.

In September 2012, a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll showed Christie earning a 53-percent approval rating and a 35-percent disapproval rating among New Jersey residents.

Christie's personal ratings, however, have yet to recover — even to his pre-Hurricane Sandy levels.

In September 2012, Christie enjoyed a 52-percent favorable "general impression" rating. That rating today is now at 40 percent, as about 10 percent of New Jersey residents appear to have moved from the favorable column to the "no opinion" column.

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