Republican Christie Captures NJ Governor's Race

Republican Chris Christie has defeated Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey.

With 71 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Christie had 50 percent of the vote to Corzine's 44 percent.

Christie, a 47-year-old former federal prosecutor, became the first member of his party in a dozen years to win a statewide contest in heavily Democratic New Jersey.

The Republican victory deals a blow to President Barack Obama as he readies for next year's midterm elections. Obama campaigned heavily for Corzine.

Christie accepted public financing in the race against the wealthy incumbent and was outspent by more than $12 million.

He ran on a platform of smaller government and criticized Corzine for what he called poor economic stewardship. State unemployment was nearly 10 percent in October and property taxes are the nation's highest.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    Take it easy on Lavon, he has been snake bit. The delerious thoughts he had, the dream, the feeling of bliss. Well, reality this morning, the government works for us, not us for them and their party. You can fluff this all you want, but the numbers turned out to make a point. 2010 will be the next point. If you work in government as an elected official, its open season on you. If you think that if you don't do what your party says is more important than the voters, start looking for a job.....
  • by usa Location: work on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:06 AM
  • by PUREBREAD Location: creswell on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Lavon Now your finally admitting that taxes are going up jobs have been lost and we are not prosperous under OBAMA! YOU just said it.GOT YOU OLE BOY!
  • by Chris on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    I love it... first the Olympics, now this. Keep shutting down Barack the rock, America. He needs to stay put in his oval office and actually read his 1000 page health care reform bill and take all the pork out of it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    God help us, Rico. We had eight years of war mongering and a budget out of control.
  • by Rico Location: Bell Arthur on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    The consevative revolution has begun!!
  • by Bill La Location: NC on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    Maybe the Obama nutjobs in the white house will wake up this morning seeing that they better do a better job listening to the people. I bet they did not see this coming. It took 8 years for nobody to want Clinton or Bush campaigning for them. I bet by the end of next year a lot of Democrats won't want to be in the same room as Obama because of the bad image.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    Oh whatever why are you bragging so much, most voters didn't even vote. No one votes during midterm. So tell me Anonymous since the Republican won in NJ so that means taxes are going to go down, jobs are going to come back and everyone's going to be prosperous right??
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:25 AM
    P.S. There is nothing in the blogs this morning about the voters of Maine rejecting Legislature-passed gay marriage laws. In every case where a (DEM led) legislature has passed the laws a referendum vote by the people has repealed it. What does THAT say?
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:11 AM
    To Drea: Unkept promises and higher taxes. Who does that sound like? Obama! The chosen one pushed for Corzine. Now the spin doctors are saying it was about local issues. If Corzine had won it would be about Obama's clout. Where is Levon?
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