The state of New Jersey doesn't believe Chris Christie's claims of ignorance to the Bridgegate scandal, according to a new Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday. In the survey, 56 percent of registered voters called an investigation into the bridge scandal a "whitewash," while only 36 percent felt it was "legitimate."
Last month, a legal team commissioned by the Christie administration concluded that the governor knew nothing at the time about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, pinning the blame instead on rogue members of his staff. But given that the lawyers were essentially working on Christie's behalf, the finding struck some as hardly impartial.
Meanwhile in the survey, Christie's approval rating dipped to 49 percent, down almost 20 points from a year ago. Though there's certainly still time for Christie to recover and pursue a White House bid in 2016, the lingering scandal reportedly has GOP bigwigs and donors kicking the tires on other potential establishment candidates, most notably Jeb Bush. Jon Terbush
Super Bowl 50 started off with a bang, as Lady Gaga sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. In an earlier interview with the NFL Network, the pop star said performing at the Super Bowl was an "honor" and "a total dream come true." Catherine Garcia
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The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea on Sunday for defying international warnings in launching a long-range rocket that many believe is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.
All 15 Security Council members approved a statement at an emergency meeting emphasizing that using ballistic missile technology violates four resolutions, The Associated Press reports. The group also vowed to adopt a new resolution soon with "significant" sanctions for North Korea. Julie Kliegman
In a Monmouth University poll released Sunday, Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30 percent of the support from likely New Hampshire primary voters. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are tied for 13 percent, with Ted Cruz notching 12 percent.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton, 52 percent to 42 percent.
The poll's margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will be the second state to vote in the primaries. Julie Kliegman
Bernie Sanders distanced himself Sunday from "Berniebros," a wide-ranging term that some have used to describe sexist supporters of the Vermont senator.
"It's disgusting," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "We don't want that crap. Anybody who is supporting me and doing sexist things, we don't want them. I don't want them. That's not what this campaign is about."