Chris Christie, an aggressive former prosecutor who racked up a perfect conviction rate in public corruption cases and became the darling of New Jersey's Republican Party establishment, has unseated the deep-pocketed but unpopular Gov. Jon Corzine.Oh sure, they'll pretend it doesn't matter now, but Governor-elect Chris Christie's win in a uber-liberal state like New Jersey is a huge victory for the GOP. Of course, the slimy tactics of Jon Corzine in this campaign as well as his 4 years of doing literally nothing for the people of New Jersey, also played a heavy part in his defeat. But the bottom line is that Chris Christie's win is a clear reflection of the failed policies and actions of Barack Obama.
Christie, 47, on Tuesday became the first member of his party in a dozen years to win a statewide contest in heavily Democratic New Jersey. President Barack Obama invested heavily in the race, campaigning with Corzine five times on three separate visits.
With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Christie had 50 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Corzine. Independent candidate Chris Daggett, who at one point had been feared as a potential spoiler, had about 5 percent.
Christie accepted public financing in the race against the wealthy incumbent and was outspent by more than $12 million. He did get financial help from the Republican Governors Association and other national Republican groups, which bought television time in the pricey New York and Philadelphia media markets.
Christie ran on a platform of smaller government and relentlessly criticized Corzine for what he called poor economic stewardship — unemployment was 9.8 percent in October and property taxes averaged $7,045 per household, the nation's highest. But he was criticized during the campaign for remaining vague about how he would solve New Jersey's chronic fiscal problems.
The physically robust Christie endured an onslaught of personal attacks from the Corzine campaign; his weight even became a central issue at one point.