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Chris Christie Has Zero Pull in Jersey: Dems Sweep Legislature

Governor Chris Christie won an overwhelming 61 percent reelection victory just two years ago in New Jersey, but his party fared badly in the State Assembly, with a bad redistricting map and no Christie coattails. This year, things got worse. Republicans started this year’s campaign with 32 seats in the Assembly compared with 48 seats for Democrats. Tonight, teachers’-union money and Christie’s faded popularity combined to create a GOP disaster. Democrats look as if they will have a 53 to 27 margin in the Assembly, almost a 2-to-1 advantage. Christie has had a couple of good weeks in his presidential run but is still a long shot. If he has to return to Trenton after losing the GOP primaries, he can expect a couple of miserable years with an emboldened Democratic legislature. 

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