While it's not over till it's over, especially in New Jersey, former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has reclaimed the front runner mantra in his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor. Two independent polls show him with huge leads against former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan and Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham). Quinnipiac has Christie ahead by 23 points, while Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey shows the former federal prosecutor with an 18 point lead.
An April Quinnipiac poll showing Christie leading Lonegan by nine percentage points, followed by the release of some Lonegan internal polling showing the race tightening, there was a sense among political insiders that Christie could lose the Republican primary. But the Christie campaign seems to have effectively courted conservatives, communicating Christie's pro-life position – validated by an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), and they held on to their money until likely primary voters began watching the campaign more closely.
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