New Jersey has had 27 Democrat governors and 16 Republicans. Christie Todd Whitman is the last Republican elected statewide. She left office in January 2001.
Corzine alluded to Chris Christie being too fat to be hold the governorship. That ratcheted-up the dialogue and Christie made some hay with it (see a video below).
Christie supports tax credits for families sending their children to private schools, he supports state-funded vouchers for families trying to get their children out of failing school districts, he supports merit pay for teachers and wants to increase the availability of charter schools. Christie supports civil unions and opposes same-sex marriage. He has promised not to raise taxes, and to lower the state income and business taxes – although he has stated this will not be doable immediately, and especially not doable in the first year.
Chris Christie made a name for himself by prosecuting public officials from both sides of the aisle, without losing a case.
For six years he was indisputably the state’s most visible law
enforcement officer, a finger-wagging prosecutor with Jersey roots who
made a name convicting so many corrupt public officials that state GOP
leaders practically begged him to ride his white horse into Trenton and
recapture the governor’s mansion.
Chris Christie, 47, is a former U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey. He graduated University of Delaware with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987. After graduation he joined the firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci in Cranford, New Jersey. He became a partner of the firm in 1993.
Christie has been married to Mary Pat Foster Christie since 1986. They have 4 children together, between the ages of 5 and 15, and live in Mendham Township, and he love Bruce Springsteen.
Corzine, 62, is a former U.S. Senator, a former CEO of Goldman-Sachs, and a very wealthy man who earned an estimated $400 million in Goldman Sachs’ initial public offering. He won the New Jersey governor’s race in 2005. He has campaigned for mandatory public preschool, affirmative action, universal health care and same-sex marriage.
Republican Chris Christie was practically begged by the state GOP to run this race (maybe they did “beg”). He won forty-nine percent to Corzine’s forty-five percent. Fifty eight percent of independents voted for Christie with thirty one percent casting their vote for the Democrat.