by Dan Gibson
No big shock, but Governor Chris Christie will win reelection by a landslide in New Jersey tonight, which means that the narrative of "this is the Republican that can win over Democrats in 2016" starts about nowish:
His final margin this year remains to be seen, but news organizations immediately called the race for him the moment polls closed at 8 p.m. EST.
From the start, the outspoken governor focused his campaign on expanding the electorate, and the payoff is clear. The governor made significant inroads with minorities, a must for Republicans nationally, winning the support of 19 percent of African-Americans and 31 percent of Hispanics, according to exit polls....
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, called Christie’s victory proof that “Republicans can compete and win in every state”
“Governor Chris Christie’s overwhelming victory proves that voters are looking for confident and competent leadership,” Jindal said in a statement. “His tenure as chief executive has placed a premium on achieving results over scoring political points.”
Echoing Jindal, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that Christie “proved that Republican principles get results—even in a state the pundits like to call a ‘blue state.’”