Christie Cruises to Second Term
He wins in New Jersey over little-known Democrat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2013 6:36 PM CST
Updated Nov 5, 2013 7:11 PM CST
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie steps from the booth after voting in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – No contest: Chris Christie easily won a second term as governor of New Jersey tonight, reports the AP, which called the race as soon as the polls closed. CNN did, too. Christie defeated little-known Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, and his appeal to voters of all stripes (especially in a blue state, notes the Star-Ledger) is sure to keep his name high up among 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls. In fact, in an interview with Politico today, Christie sought to burnish his reputation on the right flank, where he's been vulnerable because of his ties to President Obama. "I've governed conservatively," he insisted.

Buono conceded the race quickly. "Now I know we have our differences, but the truth of the matter is when it comes down to it we're just two parents who want to see best for our children’s future," she said. But she also blamed "Democratic political bosses" in the state who backed Christie and torpedoed her chances.

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Nov 6, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Amazing! Why dems would vote that bully into office a second time is a mystery to me,
Nov 6, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Wonder how many times in the next four years he'll jet off to one of the Koch's "secret meetings"? He's a VERY shrewd politician. He knew exactly how to get the votes, even from the Dems. Show a little compassion during Sandy, and it's in the bag. But, don't look behind the curtain at all the BAD stuff he's done to NJ or you might have voted for Buono.
Nov 6, 2013 4:13 AM CST
so much for the dem naysayers who gloated that ANY republican would never be elected again. : ) and leave to the adolescent dems to make fun of his weight, because there is nothing else wrong about him they CAN say.....