MENDHAM – Gov. Chris Christie is hopeful for a Republican majority in both legislative chambers, but he’s not willing to predict whether the GOP could successfully seize control today.
The governor told reporters a Republican Senate and Assembly would make his second term “very productive,” but wouldn’t speculate on the outcome of today’s election.
“I hope so but, you know, I’ve said this before publically, I think we’re in very uncharted territory here. This is the first time under the new legislative map with a governor at the top of the ticket and so I really have no idea what’s going to happen and I think anybody who tells you that they do is just talking out of their hat,” Christie said.
“I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight. I’ve very hopeful,” he said. “I’d love to see Republican majorities in both houses, it would make my second term very productive and I would look forward to that if it could happen, but in terms of predictions I really honestly have no idea.”
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. has told PolitickerNJ repeatedly that he believes Republicans will seize control of this Senate following tonight’s results, though political insiders have cast doubt on his theory. However, if the Senate were to pick up three or four GOP lawmakers today it could potentially alter the Senate’s current command structure.
In the Assembly, Republicans would have to make heavy gains and Democratic leadership have all but solidified their plans for who will lead the General Assembly during the next session.