SEA GIRT – Trenton news junkies and political wonks alike may speculate on what a Gov. Chris Christie gubernatorial “sweep” could mean for the makeup of the state Legislature, but the governor is not willing to go there.
Christie told reporters today he’s focused on his re-election in November and that down-ticket races will be on the backburner. The governor declined to speculate about how a Republican with an approval rating in the 70s could translate to big wins for GOP state lawmakers.
“My first job in November’s election is to get re-elected. I’m not going to take my eye off that ball,” he said, adding that “candidly” he plans to be too busy with his own campaign to worry about other races.
He explained a focus on his re-election could ultimately “help candidates down ticket.”
But aside from that, Christie said, he’s not willing to go there.
“I don’t even know who all the candidates are,” Christie said. “I’m just going to work as hard as I can to get my message out.”
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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