Multiple news outlets are calling the New Jersey gubernatorial race for Republican Chris Christie. Yes, this is largely a referendum on the incumbent governor and the tax, corruption, and budget woes that have bedeviled his administration. But this is New Jersey, a Blue State where Obama campaigned hard for the Democratic candidate, Jon Corzine. He made five separate stops. Corzine’s ads looked like Obama ads. Corzine tied himself tightly to Obama, but it helped not at all.
It is a breathtaking change from last year’s overwhelming Obama win. And the independent Chris Daggett? The polls showed him in double digits. But support eventually plummeted, and voters who entered the booth decided not to cast a useless protest vote.
The White House will have a hard time saying this one doesn’t matter. Obama won the state by 14 percent. The Republicans won the state back in a only a year. It means something.