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November 9, 2013

Christie is popular Republican

NORMAN — In June 2011, a poll confirmed that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was losing favor with his constituents. His approval rating hit 44 percent, and just 36 percent among women.

My how things changed. Christie won re-election Tuesday by a huge margin. The last poll before the election gave him a 21-point lead among female voters. He rolled to another term, even though his New Jersey constituents know he’s likely to run for president in 2016.

Christie is one of the most impressive political phenomena in America today.

He’s not exactly what political consultants would come up with if they did months of focus-testing on what voters want. ...

Democrats know a threat when they see one — they were busy in the days leading up to this election trying to spin the massive victory by a Republican governor in a Democratic state.

Democrats know he also appeals to many of their voters. When Christie gave his State of the State address this year, reported Michael Crowley of Time magazine, “Trenton’s Democratic legislature received him less as the pugnacious leader of the opposition than as its own conquering hero.”

Christie is given to speaking with a bluntness most politicians avoid. What adds extra luster to his reputation is that in a time of strife in Washington, he has no use for obstinate partisanship. When Republicans held up disaster-relief funds after Sandy, Christie said it showed “why people hate Washington.” He points to his work with the Democratic legislature as “a governing model for the nation.”

— Chicago Tribune

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