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    Fatigued by Trump-era national politics, New Jerseyans have mostly tuned out of a crucial gubernatorial election

Fatigued by Trump-era national politics, New Jerseyans have mostly tuned out of a crucial gubernatorial election

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Voters in the Garden State go to the polls Tuesday to elect a successor for Governor Christie, now the most unpopular chief executive in New Jersey’s history. Ashley Koning writes that the Democratic candidate, Phil Murphy, has a comfortable lead over Republican (and Lieutenant Governor) Kim Guadagno in an election which despite having huge repercussions for the state in […]

New polls show that Bridgegate has washed away almost all of Chris Christie’s post-Sandy political capital.

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With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ scandal now in its third week, Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk take a close look at how Christie’s state and national poll numbers have been affected. Using the latest data from the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, they argue that although Christie’s approval rating stands at 53 percent, this needs to be seen in the context […]

Bridgegate puts Chris Christie’s political future in troubled water by shifting perceptions of him from the “bully on your side” to just a plain bully.

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At the start of last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was seen by many as the Republican Party’s likely candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. Now, with the unfolding of the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal any hopes he may have had for 2016 may be in tatters. David Redlawsk and Ashley Koning take a look at why the scandal matters for […]

Chris Christie’s post Hurricane Sandy transformation from bully to bipartisan hero has all but guaranteed a landslide reelection and a potential 2016 presidential run.

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As voters head to the polls in today’s gubernatorial election in New Jersey, the current Governor, Republican Chris Christie, holds a near 30-point lead over his Democratic rival, State Senator Barbara Buono. Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk look at how his reaction to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy has enabled Christie to stage a dramatic comeback after a first term mainly fraught […]

Polls, media, and polarization have made New Jersey’s Special Senate Election between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan a must-watch

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This week, New Jersey goes to the polls in a Senate vacancy election. While the Democratic candidate, Cory Booker is ahead, his path to what has been seen as a  likely victory has been far from smooth, write Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk. They argue that because of an over-emphasis on individual polls driven by the media, the newly focused […]

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