Christie Takes NJ for GOP

First Republican to win a statewide race in a decade
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2009 9:15 PM CST
Gov. Jon Corzine waits to speak to supporters at a late campaign stop today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Chris Christie scored the second big victory for the Republicans today, taking the governorship of New Jersey from incumbent Jon Corzine. Christie, 47, had 50% of the vote to Corzine’s 44% with nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting. He’s the first Republican to win a statewide race in more than a decade, the AP notes.