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In New Jersey's legislative races, little changed Tuesday, besides Republicans possibly picking up a few seats in the Assembly.

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It appears Democrats will maintain control of the State Senate by the same 24 to 16 majority they had before Tuesday.

Montclair Political Scientist Brigid Harrison said Governor Christie may very well continue to use Senate Democrats as what she calls, "Christie's foil," when things don't go his way.

"When there are some successes, he can claim that all-important mantle of bipartisanship, and use that message across the country," Harrison said.

With returns still being counted late Tuesday evening, Republicans in the Assembly apparently cut into the Democratic majority with a gain of several seats. But Democrats still outnumber Republicans.

Harrison says efforts by Christie to influence the legislative races amounted to too little too late.