ASBURY PARK, NJ (PIX11) – Much like the campaign for mayor of New York City, the New Jersey gubernatorial race lacked the element of surprise, and indeed Gov. Chris Christie was projected winner shortly after the polls opened.
Earlier in the day Governor Christie was at a firehouse in Mendhem at approximately 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, voting for himself.
Barbara Buono, Governor Christie’s opponent, cast her vote at a school gym in Metuchen.
The Democratic candidate for Governor had been going upstream the entire campaign due to the approval that Governor Christie received for his management in the aftermath of Sandy by not only New Jersey voters, but also President Barack Obama over the course of two visits to the shore.
Governor Christie has also been embraced by the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and endorsed by Shaquille O’Neal.
The Governor told a media gathering after voting this morning, that a victory would be a sign of job approval by Garden State voters, “It’s an affirmation of all the hard work that we’ve done and that’s, if it happens tonight, that would be very gratifying for me personally, given all the effort I’ve put in for the job.”
Meanwhile, Buono said that she felt strong on this the final day of the campaign,”We’re getting a lot of momentum. We’re getting a lot of enthusiasm on the grassroots. We’re seeing it out there and don’t forget, Christie Todd Whitman was 20 points apart from McGreevey, and they closed it out real tight in the end”
Interesting to note that new U.S. Senator Cory Booker stayed out of the race, by simply tweeting, “Go vote today.” No support for the Democratic candidate he told PIX 11 News back in May he was backing.
As expected, Governor Christie delivered the line of the day while reminding voters to hit the polls saying, “For God’s sake vote for me.”