"Recent polling confirms" that Gov. Chris Christie (R) has made "enormous strides" with black voters. In 2009, Christie won "just 9 percent of African-American voters." In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, Christie "earns 36 percent of the black vote. ... To put that standing in recent historical perspective, no Republican presidential, Senate, or gubernatorial candidate in the state Jersey has topped 17 percent of the African-American vote in more than two decades."
If Christie wins around 30% of the black vote this November, "it will give him a powerful 2016 talking point with Republicans voters from New Hampshire to Nevada, who will be eager to nominate someone with a wide enough appeal to regain the White House after the GOP's years in the political wilderness."
Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts: "One of the things we're most proud of in this campaign is that we're really playing on our opponent's turf. That has as much to do with the governor's personality as it does with the way he's governed for the last three years. He didn't get into office and ignore inner cities and urban areas." (RealClearPolitics)
CHRISTIE UP 18: In a new Kean University/Pulse Opinion Reserach (IVR) poll (Sept. 19; 1,000 LVs; +/- 3.1%), Christie leads state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 52-34%.
MITT HIT: Buono on Wednesday linked Christie's economic policies to fprmer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). Buono: "It's the Romney economy in a fleece. We know where that has left us. ... At the bottom of the barrel." (Bergen Record)
BUONO TARGETS CHRISTIE ON GAY MARRIAGE: Buono also said Wednesday that Christie's "opposition to gay marriage is 'purely political' and not about protecting the institution of marriage from lawmakers." Buono: "Every single decision he makes is based on whether he thinks it will advance or damage his standing in the Republican primary for president." (Newark Star-Ledger)
-- Kevin Brennan