Christie’s margin best for GOP challenger in 67 years

Christopher Christie's 100,000 vote margin in the race for governor is the second biggest win for a Republican challenger against a Democratic incumbent in New Jersey history. Christie topped Albert Hawkes, who unseated incumbent William Smathers in the 1942 U.S. Senate race. The record still belongs to Hamilton Kean, who ousted Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Edwards by 233,000 votes in 1928.

Overall, Christie ranks third on the all-time list of highest pluralities for a challenger against an incumbent. The record for the biggest plurality for a Democratic challenger against a Republican incumbent belongs to A. Harry Moore, who ousted Kean by 230,000 votes when he ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 1934.

Christie’s margin best for GOP challenger in 67 years