Christie’s dominating victory in a blue state is expected to be a major case to national Republicans ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Christie has the support of Republicans, Democrats, and independents and is currently a GOP favorite for the presidential election.
His re-election was not without controversy, however, as Christie received major criticism for his handling of the special election for the late Frank Lautenberg’s vacant Senate seat. The special election had a record low voter turnout and cost the state $24 million, but had the potential to be a high profile race if it was held in November, which would have threatened Christie’s incumbency.
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