Christie hopes Latino vote helps bring 'very big' victory in November
By Matthew Arco | July 18th, 2013 - 7:48pm
| More

PATERSON – The state’s Republican incumbent governor is hoping a campaign surge within New Jersey’s Latino community will help give way to a “very, very, very big win in November.”

Gov. Chris Christie made a stop at one of his campaign’s so-called “victory” offices in Paterson Thursday evening in an attempt to chip away at pockets of the state that usually swing Democratic.

“This center is about your commitment to me and my commitment to you,” said Christie inside the jammed-tight office packed with local elected officials and residents.

“What we’ve been doing over the last four years by proving we can get things done is bringing together a whole diverse coalition of folks – people who live in the cities and in the suburbs, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Caucasians,” he said. “Everybody who cares about this state and making it better [is] coming together for this race.”

Despite already having an operational Paterson call center during his first gubernatorial campaign, Christie’s staff is doubling efforts to get out the vote in the state’s Latino community.

A re-election spokesman, Kevin Roberts, said they deployed bilingual campaign workers to go door-to-door and work the phones in targeted areas.

Christie stressed the importance of continuing a strong campaign despite being up in the polls about 30 points over his Democratic rival state Sen. Barbara Buono.

“You’ve all seen the recent polls. You’ve all seen how good they look and that’s great, and I’m thrilled for that. But, that’s the good news. The bad news is that’s going to make some people conclude that this race is over and that we don’t have to work hard,” he said.

“The opponent is different, but it’s still the same state. As Republicans we wake up every morning knowing we’re outnumbered by 730,000 registered voters,” he continued. “And so as Republicans we can’t take anything for granted, but when we beat them it makes it sweeter, doesn’t it?”

Christie’s campaign stop comes a day after the governor’s office announced his administration partnered with Univision 41 – the area’s leading television station serving Latino viewers – to assist in fielding questions regarding job offerings and training programs.

The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times

Poll

Given another chance, who would you choose to run the county RIGHT NOW?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources