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Chris Christie's Got Some Denying to Do

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Et tu, Republican?

Former Virginia Attorney General (and failed gubernatorial candidated) Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) wants Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) to step down from his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Cunninelli says that Christie, besmirched with scandal, will not be able to gain the support he needs to raise money for the RGA -- the role's main responsibility.

Does this mean the gub'na is one step closer to resigning from his main gig? Doubt it.

"Ain't no" Bridgegate high enough, no Superstorm Sandy scandal wide enough, no Cuccinelli cry loud enough, to keep Chris Christie from serving out his second term.

On Tuesday, Gov. Christie was sworn in at the War Memorial Theater in Trenton.

The two-termer is a long way from regaining the faith of some of his constituents. According to a poll conducted by Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics released Wednesday, Democrats have abandoned Christie. As the institute notes, the poll was conducted before "recent allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that Sandy aid was withheld from her city due to her unwillingness to support a development linked to Gov. Christie's allies."

His favorability rating is now 46% favorable, down from 65% during his re-election. The drop was led by a 26-point decline in support among Democrats. He still has support in some key areas, including his stances on crime and the economy. But he is lower in the polls in other areas, including job performance. The poll even handicaps his chances of beating Hillary Clinton in a presidential election: 34% for Christie vs. 55% for Clinton.

The word on the street is that Christie is a bully who uses his power to help his friends and hurt his enemies. He's been doing this since his days as attorney general, critics say. If he plans to run for presidency in 2016, he's got a whole lot of denying to do.

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