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Can Christie Move Past Bridgegate?

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Governor Chris Christie held his 117th town hall meeting on Friday. This was his first meeting since hosting a press conference to discuss the internal report that cleared him of all wrongdoing in the bridgegate scandal. While the room was fairly empty, those who did attend greeted the governor with open arms. One woman even stood up to admit to Christie that she has a crush on him.

“First you can do no wrong in eyes…I call it to me and my friends it’s a politician crush, I’m sorry Mrs. Christie, but I have one,” she said.

New Jersey Now host Jim McQueeny chimed in to discuss how the people of New Jersey are responding to bridgegate and the internal report.

“Well it’s still early in the game here and really it’s a media and political play and it’s being done very well by the governor,” he said.

McQueeny compared Christie’s political strategy now to Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope approach where he is allowing his opponents to tire themselves out while still keeping a close eye on their moves in order to know when the best time would be to strike again.

However, the polls are so inconsistent that it’s really hard to tell just exactly how the people of New Jersey are viewing their governor right now. One poll says his popularity has pretty much bottomed-out and is just starting to come back. Another shows that only 11% of the people think this internal investigation actually cleared him and 62% still don’t think he’d be a good President.

So it begs the question, have people already forgotten about bridgegate? Or are they just tired of talking about it?

“Watch how fast that room fills up after more things develop and more things are gonna develop in this process. You’re really looking at something that the media, by its nature is fickle. It goes after the hot thing, it doesn’t cover fire prevention, it covers fires on here. There’s not a new fire to cover, if there is you’ll have a crowd and you won’t find a seat,” McQueeny said.

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