The governor’s race in New Jersey was called shortly after polls closed at 8:00. Even though the state has a deep blue hue, however Republican Governor Chris Christie has won re-election, potentially setting up a 2016 presidential run. Governor Christie is widely expected to run in 2016 and point to his electoral successes in New Jersey as evidence of his electability. Electability versus principle was a large fight during the 2012 Republican primary and continues to be. This fight has shown itself with some conservatives claiming Gov. Christie to be a moderate or even a RINO, or Republican In Name Only. However, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Christie said he is a conservative.
With 52% of the vote in, Gov. Christie had 60% of the vote compared to Democrat state Senator Barbara Buono’s 38%.