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Chris Christie: I Won't Win by More Than 40 Points

Tuesday, 02 Jul 2013 11:44 AM

By Andrea Billups

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Chris Christie is confident of winning a second term as governor of New Jersey, but even he doesn't believe he can set a record margin.

And he has a tough challenger: Republican Tom Kean won the Garden State by 47 percentage points when he won re-election in 1985.

"It's a much different state demographically than it was then and it is politically, so I don't think you'll ever see another Republican coming near that," Christie, 50, told NJTV of Kean's runaway 71 percent to 24 percent win over Democrat Peter Shapiro.

However, Christie is looking solid for re-election in November, leading his Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by at least 30 points in the most recent polling there.

The plus-size governor said a simple majority would be big for him.

"Let’s keep in context what big means for a Republican in New Jersey," Christie told NJTV of any election prognosticating. "No Republican statewide candidate has gotten 50 percent plus one vote since George Bush in 1988."

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