Despite Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s landslide victory in New Jersey, Democrats held onto majorities in both houses of the state legislature Tuesday night.
Their victories ensure that Mr. Christie will have some pushback in Trenton as he preps for a potential run for the White House in 2016.
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“The people of this state don’t want a Republican Legislature. They don’t want a rubber-stamp for Chris Christie,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, said at his election party, the Newark Star Ledger reported.
The New York Times said on Monday that Democratic donors poured record-breaking amounts of outside spending into the Garden State’s legislative races to keep Mr. Christie in check.
Yet Mr. Christie carried the national headlines late Tuesday, raising his profile as he attempts to convince the Republican Party that his get-it-done brand of politics is the way forward for a fractured GOP.