NEW JERSEY

Headed for the History Books?

Strong performance among black voters could bolster Christie’s 2016 argument.

Sept. 26, 2013, 7:09 a.m.

“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

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