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01/21/2015 03:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chris Christie Approval Rating Hits 4-Year Low In Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating has hit its lowest point in four years.

The poll found that 46 percent of voters surveyed approve of the Republican governor -- who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid -- while 48 percent disapprove. The rating marks Christie's worst performance in the Quinnipiac poll since 2011.

The poll notes that Christie's approval rating last polled above 50 percent a year ago, shortly after news broke about the involvement of Christie officials in the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal. The controversy centered around the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as alleged political retribution for a mayor who had not endorsed the governor in his re-election bid. An investigation led by Democratic lawmakers found no evidence that Christie was directly involved in the bridge closure.

"It's the traffic nightmare that never ends for New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie," Quinnipiac University poll assistant director Maurice Carroll said in a release. "He was doing fine until one year ago and then, WHAM! Bridgegate hit like a 10-car pileup on the George Washington Bridge and the governor has yet to recover."

The poll released Wednesday also found that while 65 percent of voters think Christie has strong leadership skills, 50 percent said he is not trustworthy or honest.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,211 New Jersey voters from Jan. 15 - 19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

HuffPost Pollster's model, which tracks publicily available opinion polls, currently shows Christie trailing fellow Republicans Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson in a potential 2016 primary:

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