ELECTION 2013 – Christie Wins Big in NJ-Gov Race
Matt | On 05, Nov 2013
Here’s the biggest non-shocker of the night.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, handily won re-election on Tuesday night by beating State Senator Barbara Buono, a Democrat. Christie trounced Buono by a 60 to 38 percent margin.* The Associated Press called the race in the governor’s favor right as the polls closed at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Christie was widely expected to coast to victory in the race. He received high praise from residents for his handling of the Superstorm Sandy crisis a year ago. During that time, people saw a willing Republican governor crossing party lines and working directly with President Obama and the federal government to get the help New Jersey needed.
Gov. Christie has also been one of those rare Republicans who actually wins favor with more than a few Democrats. It’s obvious in a blue state such as New Jersey that this would need to be the case. Though he hasn’t always been the most middle-of-the-road Republican, he is far more palatable than his Tea Party-brethren in Congress.
The in-state favor has translated well to the political media and gossip machine in other parts of the country. Observers have said that November 6 (the day after his re-election) will be the unofficial start of his campaign for the presidency in 2016. Christie may deny this, but the same rumor is floating around for Hillary Clinton, who would be his presumptive opponent. It’s all a whole lot of presuming, but it’s what keeps the politicos talking on 24-hour cable news networks and blogs.
For more 2013 New Jersey election results, click here.
*This number is subject to change as the election results are finalized.