Chris Christie is running for reelection this year, and polls are showing him with an enormous lead over his likely Democratic opponent, state senator Barbara Buono. Christie’s campaign has an especially impressive amount of momentum, though: For instance, this week the New Brunswick–based Latino Leadership Alliance officially came out in favor of the governor’s reelection. In 2009, the group supported Jon Corzine. After Christie’s budget address two days ago, the group announced its support for Christie’s school-voucher plan.
From New York’s CBS News:
The [Latino Leadership Alliance] represents more than 500 churches as well as Latino police, firefighter and civic organizations.
“We have found him to be a good listener who has shown a genuine interest in getting to know us and learn our concerns,” Perez added.
Christie said the endorsement highlights positions that Latinos and Republicans share, and should serve as a model for the GOP nationally to reach out to this growing voting bloc that supported Democrat Barack Obama by more than 70 percent in November.
“We cannot expect to get the support of the Latino community if we cannot make the Latino community feel welcome in our party,” Christie, a rising Republican star and possible presidential contender in 2016, said to rousing applause.
The most recent polling hasn’t included Hispanic voters’ preferences, so it will be interesting to see how they’ll vote in November.