Contact Us

NJ Republicans Hope To Ride Governor Christie’s Coattails [AUDIO]

If Governor Chris Christie continues to be very popular with New Jersey voters, it could change the balance of power in Trenton later this year.

Governor Chris Christie holds his 100th Town Hall in Manahawkin
Governor Chris Christie holds his 100th Town Hall in Manahawkin (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

With the Governor’s approval numbers still spiking, “There could be some potential black clouds for democrats in the Legislature, in some seats that weren’t considered vulnerable before,” said Patrick Murray, Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Murray points out he was one of those who said the map they came up with for re-districting back in 2011 was a lock for democrats.

“None of us ever considered the possibility that a Republican Governor could win by 20 points or potentially more- and that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

He says the current situation is shaky for Jersey Democrats because if presumptive gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono is way behind in the polls come the fall, then State Senators and Assembly representatives, who are all up for re-election this year, will have to adopt a more aggressive attitude in their local races.

“We’re going to see a lot of money being raised by individual members of the Legislature that they will spend in their districts,” says Murray, “instead of sending the money to other areas.”

Murray believes if the Governor did not have such high approval numbers, then we’d probably only see two or three competitive Legislative races, but at this point there are five to 10.

Life Gets Easier For GOP Candidates

He also points out Republicans lawmakers will be free to spend any money they raise themselves, without having to support Governor Christie’s re-election bid because Christie, as a rising star in the GOP nationally, is raising millions of dollars on his own- and can probably help to financially support the campaigns of other Republican candidates.

“There is a real possibility with a big win by Chris Christie,” says Murray, “that those coattails could be big enough to sweep in maybe 5 republican Senators, enough to take control of, at least the Senate, if not both the Senate and Assembly.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

NEXT STORY: Top Dem Blasts Christie's Shrinking Government Boast

Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.