The Washington Times - November 5, 2013, 08:10AM

Democrats and unions have broken records by gathering tens of millions of dollars for their preferred New Jersey candidates this election cycle, an attempt to maintain the party’s stranglehold on the Legislature in Trenton as Republican Gov. Chris Christie coasts to re-election, according to The New York Times.

The outside spending crested $35 million, which is twice the amount Republicans raised for Mr. Christie’s successful bid in 2009 and the highest in any state except California, the newspaper said.

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The Times reported the effort is one of the “most aggressive” efforts by Democrats to take advantage of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which scrapped caps on outside political spending.

Mr. Christie is likely to use a sweeping victory on Tuesday as a springboard for presidential ambitions in 2016, offering Democrats yet another reason to thwart his agenda.