The Washington Times - January 10, 2014, 11:40AM

Most voters in New Jersey say they don’t buy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s assertion that he had no knowledge of the George Washington Bridge scandal — and add if it is proven that the Republican lied, then he should step down, a Rasmussen Reports poll reported.

The poll, released Friday, found that 54 percent of likely New Jersey voters believe it is “at least somewhat likely that Christie was aware that traffic lanes onto the George Washington Bridge were being closed as retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee’s refusal to support the governor’s re-election.”

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And 56 percent said that he should resign if it is proven that he signed off on the retaliation against his political rival.

The survey was taken following Mr. Christie’s marathon 108-minute press conference Thursday in Trenton, where he apologized for the apparent role his staff and allies at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey played in orchestrating the mid-September lane closures, which snarled traffic for four days in Fort Lee and in the surrounding communities.

Mr. Christie denied having any knowledge of the scandal, while announcing that he fired a top aide and withdrew his nomination of a longtime political adviser to be head of the New Jersey Republican party.

The Rasmussen Reports poll found that 75 percent of Democrats think Mr. Christie knew of the bridge plot, compared to 34 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of unaffiliated voters.