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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"It sounds like Councilman Baraka is talking about regionalization similar to what happened to the Camden Police Department. Clearly, if you regionalize, there is going to be a layoff of Newark workers. We cant afford to have more cops laid off right now. During Mr. Baraka's time on the council, the city laid off about 170 cops, when has led to our streets being much more dangerous than they need to be." - Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, referring to the disbandment of the South Jersey police force.- PolitickerNJ.com
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