New Jersey’s normally thought of as a blue state, but a Republican primary held there on Tuesday night could end up determining who serves as the state’s governor.
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie bested conservative Steve Lonegan, defeating him by a solid 13-point margin. Now he’ll go on to face current Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, in the general election, which will be held later this year.
Corzine’s in trouble — most of his state’s residents disapprove of the job he’s doing, and early polls show Christie with a good shot at beating him. He’ll need to run a solid campaign, and somehow win back the hearts and minds of New Jerseyans, in order to keep his post.
One point in Corzine’s favor, though: In recent elections, polls in New Jersey have consistently shown the state’s voters leaning towards Republican candidates only to shift back when it comes time to actually vote.