Former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, left, will become the 55th Governor of New Jersey in January, after defeating incumbent Jon Corzine, right, by more than 100,000 votes. Democrats lost just one Assembly seat, but the GOP picked up eight Freeholder seats across the state. Christie is the first Republican to win statewide in twelve years, and his plurality was the second best for a GOP challenger against a Democratic incumbent in state history. Corzine, who spent over $130 million of his own money running for office over the last nine years, won just 45% of the vote. Christopher Daggett, a former state environmental protection commissioner who qualified for matching funds, spent over $1.5 million, and won the endorsement of the state’s largest newspaper, received a pitiful 6% of the vote.
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