Christie Pops Back In For Brownback
October 13, 2014

(AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made another trip to Kansas to campaign for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback re-election bid.

Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He joined Brownback on Monday at Freddy’s Frozen Custard in Wichita where he visited with restaurant patrons.

A private fundraising event was scheduled later Monday.

Brownback is locked in a tough race with Democratic challenger Paul Davis amid voters’ concerns about massive tax cuts that have created budget shortfalls.

But Christie said indications from several polls show Kansas voters are swinging toward Brownback as they consider what he called the positive record of Brownback’s first term in office.

Christie also made a campaign stop Monday in Minnesota, with others planned Tuesday in in Maine and Connecticut.

Christie Promises Help for Brownback’s Re-Election Bid
August 21, 2014

KC Star:
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lent a little celebrity verve to the Kansas governor’s race Wednesday, buzzing in to campaign for Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.

The tough-talking New Jersey governor, frequently seen on national television, came to the Kansas City area for a noon fundraiser at the home of a Mission Hills dentist.

On the way, Christie and Brownback stopped for takeout at Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kan., where they created a stir as they took time to shake hands — and take some selfies — with the early lunch crowd.

Later they met with reporters and joked about Christie’s fearless approach to eating sauce-lathered barbecue.

“I suggested he might want to bring a second shirt,” Brownback said. “He says in Jersey you just wear it.”

After picking up their $53.92 order of ribs, sausage and brisket, Brownback and Christie — showing no signs of getting messy — stood outside the gas station turned restaurant and grappled with questions about the Kansas governor’s re-election campaign.

Brownback has been trailing Democratic challenger Paul Davis in most polls so far, raising questions about why a Republican governor would have trouble getting re-elected in a deeply red state.

“This has always been a difficult state. I kind of remember (former governor) Kathleen Sebelius being here for quite some time and that’s about as blue as you can get,” Christie said.

“I never expected this to be an easy race,” he added. “Kansas voters are independent thinkers. They’ve elected Democratic governors before, but they’re going to re-elect a Republican governor in November.”

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie promised to give Brownback the help he needs to win a second term.

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CNN Poll Assess Potential 2016 POTUS Field
November 29, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the top picks for their party’s tickets in 2016, a new poll shows.
Twenty-four percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican, say they would likely support Christie for the GOP nomination, according to a CNN poll released Friday.
CNN reports support for Christie, who won reelection in a landslide victory earlier this month, is up 7 percentage points from September.
Christie extended his lead among other GOP contenders with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul trailing Christie at 13 percent, followed by Rep. Paul Ryan at 11 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 10 percent the only other Republican White House hopefuls to get double-digit support, CNN reports.
With 9 percent of the vote is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has 7 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each have 6 percent.
For the Democrats, Clinton has an overwhelming lead with 63 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic saying she would be their top choice for the nomination.
Coming at a distant second is Vice President Joe Biden with 12 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 7 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 5 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley with 2 percent.

National Overview of 2013 Election, Christie in NJ, McAuliffe in Virginia, Pot Tax in Colorado
November 6, 2013

(AP) – The 2016 overtones were clear in this year’s two most high-profile elections.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats – if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself – a road map for success in the pivotal presidential swing-voting state.

Christie became the first Republican to earn more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote in a quarter-century. McAuliffe is the first member of the party occupying the White House to become Virginia governor since 1977.

Among a slate of off-year balloting from coast to coast, New York City voters also elected Bill De Blasio, making him the first Democrat to lead the nation’s largest city since 1989. Colorado agreed to tax marijuana at 25 percent, and Houston rejected turning the Astrodome into a convention hall, likely dooming it to demolition. Alabama Republicans chose the establishment-backed Bradley Byrne over a tea party-supported rival in a special congressional runoff election in the conservative state.

Turnout was relatively light – even in the most hard-fought races. Without presidential or congressional elections on the books, voters were primarily hard-core partisans. But to win, both gubernatorial victors sounded a tone of pragmatic bipartisanship – at a time of dysfunctional divided government in Washington – and, because of that pitch, they managed to cobble together a diverse cross-section of voters from across the political spectrum.

In Virginia, McAuliffe eked out a smaller-than-expected victory over conservative Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Exit polls found Cuccinelli fared well among core right-flank constituents – tea partyers, gun owners and rural voters. But the victor, McAuliffe, held advantages among unmarried women, voters who called abortion a top issue and the vote-rich Washington suburbs.

Democrats won the top two offices in Virginia, while the attorney general’s race was too close to call. Democrats, who already control both Senate seats, hoped this election would give them control of all major statewide offices for the first time since 1970, a rejection of the conservatism that has dominated for the past four years.

“Virginia’s on its way becoming reliably blue,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.

In New Jersey, Christie coasted to a second term, defeating little-known Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

He assembled a winning coalition with broad support among constituencies that don’t reliably vote Republican. Exit polls show that Christie carried a majority of women and split Hispanics with Buono. He improved on his share of the vote among blacks in 2009 by more than 10 percentage points.

Christie’s advisers saw his ability to draw support from Democrats, independents and minorities as a winning argument ahead of 2016, pitching him as the most electable candidate in what could be a crowded presidential primary field.

Taken together, the results in individual states and cities yielded no broad judgments on how the American public feels about today’s two biggest national political debates – government spending and health care – which are more likely to shape next fall’s midterm elections.

Even so, Tuesday’s voting had local impact.

Other races of note:

-In Alabama, the GOP’s internal squabbles played out in the special congressional runoff primary election. Bradley Byrne, a veteran politician and the choice of the GOP establishment, won against tea party favorite Dean Young. The race was the first test of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s promise to try to influence primaries. The group had pumped at least $200,000 into supporting Byrne.

-Big city mayors: In New York, de Blasio cruised to victory over Republican Joe Lhota after Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year tenure. Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Seattle and other cities also chose mayors.

-Colorado: Voters agreed to tax marijuana at 25 percent and apply the proceeds to regulating the newly legalized drug and building schools. And 10 rural counties refused to approve secession from the state. One county narrowly voted to secede, but it was a symbolic gesture.