As expected, both Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic challenger Barbara Buono won going away Tuesday and will face off in November.
Each ran a virtually uncontested primary, with both facing unknown and underfunded challengers. With nearly 40 percent of the vote counted, Christie had garnered over 90 percent of the vote over challenger Seth Grossman while Buono was hovering at about 87 percent over challenger Troy Webster.
Turnout around the state was reportedly light with few competitive contests to drive voters to the polls.
Christie is a heavy favorite to win in November, with polls showing him up by more than 30 points. The governor has raised some $6.8 million compared to about $2.7 million for Buono.
The campaign begins in earnest tomorrow, however, the contest will battle for attention with the U.S. Senate primary and general elections, which are scheduled for August and October.
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