Poll: Christie’s popularity climbs among core Republicans

Gov. Chris Christie’s popularity may have taken a hit in the polls amid the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy, but overall disapproval isn’t spread out across the board.

The governor’s approval rating recently improved among core Republicans, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. The data indicates positive feelings toward Christie among core Republicans climbed to 43 percent in January – up from 32 percent in October.

The Wall Street Journal notes the poll was conducted after Christie’s two-hour-long January press conference on the subject, but before the most recent round of stories from former Port Authority official David Wildstein, whose attorney suggested last week Christie knew about the lane closures as they were occurring.

Christie again denied he knew anything about the lane closures while they were occurring during a radio interview this week.

Poll: Christie’s popularity climbs among core Republicans