New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wins reelection in landslide


	Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses his supporters as he stands with his family at his election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey November 5, 2013. Christie won re-election in a landslide on Tuesday, a victory seen boosting his widely expected bid for the White House in 2016.

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Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses his supporters as he stands with his family at his election night party.

With his reelection as New Jersey governor securely under his belt, Chris Christie isn’t shy to show that his next stop could be the White House.

Basking in the glow of his electoral success Tuesday night, he hinted his victory was just the beginning of a larger plan to shake up the status quo in Washington.

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“If we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C. should tune in their TVs right now,” the larger than life Republican told supporters.

“We stand here tonight to show that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you,” he added, after securely defeating his Democratic challenger.

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The potential 2016 presidential candidate, who boosted his popularity and national profile in the wake of Sandy last year, won a second term with ease Tuesday night.

Democrat Barbara Buono, a little-known state senator outmatched in her quest to unseat the heavyweight incumbent, conceded the race about 40 minutes after the polls closed.

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With 88% of the ballots counted, Christie had 60% of the vote to Buono’s 39%, CNN said. Christie sought a landslide victory with at least 50% of the vote.

The last time a GOP politician broke that barrier in New Jersey was in 1988, when George H.W. Bush dominated the state in his presidential bid.

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Christie, 51, was looking to demonstrate his across-the-aisle appeal by winning significant Democratic support in a state that typically leans to the political left. Interviews with voters as they left the polls indicated he succeeded, finding broad support for the conservative politician among women and Hispanics. They even seemed to accept that he might not finish his term.

New Jersey governors can serve just two terms. If Christie were to pursue a 2016 presidential nomination, he would bolt the Garden State before the end of his second.

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“Under this government, our first job is to get the job done, and as long as I’m governor that job will always be finished,” the rotund governor said in his victory speech in Asbury Park.

But it was his rhetoric aimed at Capitol Hill and 2016 that drew the loudest applause.

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“If we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done.”

Buono, 60, had insisted she could pull off an upset. But nearly two-thirds of voters in exit polls said they approved of how Christie has handled the economy.

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Buono went on the stump without backup from Democratic leaders, who opted to play nice with Christie. Buono blasted her foe for declining to reinstate a tax on millionaires and challenged the GOP big on gay marriage, which he opposed before it became legal in New Jersey. But she struggled to raise money for ads.

“The Democratic political bosses … made a deal with this governor, despite him representing everything they are supposed to be against,” Buono said in her concession speech.

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Christie, although long loathed by die-hard liberals and teachers who believed he demonized them to weaken their union, enjoyed high approval ratings after Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore in October 2012.

The governor showed up in devastated towns to comfort victims and fought for federal disaster relief.

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But he also caused a mini-tempest in his own party when he got cozy with President Obama on a tour of the damage.

With News Wire Services 

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