Christopher Christie Defeats Jon Corzine In New Jersey

Duncan Riley - Author
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Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:11 p.m. ET

Republican candidate Christopher Christie has defeated incumbent Jon Corzine to become the first Republican Governor of New Jersey in 12 years.

Christie landed 49% of the vote vs 45% for Corzine with 98% of the precincts counted, in a race that surprised many political pundits. Christie, a former U.S. attorney campaigned on dissatisfaction with the Corzine’s performance during the recession.

According to some analysts, the poll was the first test of the popularity of the Obama administration.

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Christie overcome negative coverage of his campaign due to the involvement of his brother, Todd Christie. Todd Christie was the CEO of Spear Leeds & Kellogg, one of the five biggest trading firms on Wall Street that was found by the SEC to have engaged in illegal trading practices from 1999-2003. When the SEC investigation became public in 2003, Todd Christie was forced out of his position.

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