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Christie Re-Elected as NJ Governor

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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Republican Chris Christie has been re-elected governor of New Jersey. The Associated Press called the race Tuesday as soon as the polls closed, based on interviews with voters as they left polling places.

The interviews were conducted for the AP and television networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News by Edison Research.

Christie easily defeated Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono and did it with the kind crossover appeal that could help him win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 — if he decides to go for it. New Jersey is normally a Democratic-leaning state.

The governor's approval ratings are running high because of his blunt, tell-it-like-it-is manner and his leadership after Superstorm Sandy a year ago.

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Lynn from Dover, NJ

To add to Mark's comment, most New Jerseyans are not aware that when a public school student chooses to go to a charter or choice school, the cost for transportation is borne by the home district. For instance, my public school district is a walking district. Therefore, the charter or choice student is given $800 for transportation for the year, which comes out of the budget of the traditional public school. If there are three children from the same family attending the same charter or choice school, that family is given $2,400. Obviously, these costs add up quickly. Interestingly, our traditional public high school was just awarded the designation of National Blue Ribbon School. The students who are choosing charter and choice schools are choosing schools that are scoring lower than their home district. So when I hear Christie talking about our failing schools and how we need more charter and choice schools, I beg to differ with him. He is misleading the public with Band-Aid solutions.

Nov. 06 2013 04:17 PM
Mark

So you think busting the teacher's union is going to help schools? Turning teaching into a McJob is going to improve schools? If you think sending inner city kids to Walmart High Schools paid for with tax vouchers is a good plan for America, great, keep voting for Christie and Booker.

Nov. 06 2013 12:30 AM
rh from nj suburbs of nyc

I am a flaming liberal, but I like what Christie has done standing up to the teacher's union and acting like a human being not a professional politician.

I heard very little from the Buono campaign, in fact the only thing I did hear was a spot where she was commenting on her name not sounding like "Bono from U2" etc. I believe the Democrats gave up on this race, and if there was a well-funded independent candidate, he or she might have had a chance (didn't like what Christie did with the special senate election, still up in the air about Sandy restoration efforts).

Nov. 05 2013 09:23 PM

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