Chris Christie: Re-Elected as Governor in New JerseyBy: Nanette Haz - November 7, 2013
Christ Christie has taken the state of New Jersey and won the re-election on Tuesday. This win put him in a prime position to speak as the key Republican contender for the next presidential term. This election in New Jersey was unique in that most of his supporting voters are Hispanics,women of all races, voters of African descent, and young voters. These are voters that traditionally Republicans have had a bit of difficulty attracting during elections.
Even though Christie was not for many of the popular issues he was able to win the re-election. Examples of these important issues are increasing the minimum wage, abortion, and same sex marriages.
The governor spoke directly to the nation in Asbury Park a popular Convention Hall. In the past this hall has been used for concerts, but on Tuesday it was his platform to reach the nation. “I know that if we can do this in Trenton, N.J., then maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,”.
During his speech he spoke openly to Republicans on moving beyond their traditional supporters. “We don’t just show up in the places where we’re comfortable, we show up in the places we’re uncomfortable,” he said, adding, “You don’t just show up 6 months before an election.”
The Republican National Committee former chairman, Ed Gillespie stated, “We’ll be led back by our governors, and Chris Christie is now at the forefront of that resurgence,”. “He’s proved that a conservative Republican can get votes from Hispanics and African-Americans, that a pro-life governor can get votes from women. This means that those voters are available to us, that we’re not shut out demographically or geographically — that it’s worth the effort.”
Even though Christie has discussed his plans to run for the presidency in 2016, it is not clear how that will complicate his responsibilities as the governor. Some people are not truly certain that Christie has reeled in enough support or made enough change to the Republican party.
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