GOP Savior? Not So Fast on Chris Christie, Say Dems

Some say Christie's New Jersey showing isn't a sign for 2016.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Asbury Park, N.J., after defeating Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by a landslide. (Mel Evans/AP)

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory on Tuesday in Asbury Park, N.J., after defeating Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by a landslide.

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Exit polls also showed that the same voters who re-elected Christie still would elect Hillary Clinton as president over their favored son, further bolstering the case that he would be treated differently in a national bid,

"These are two very, very broad hypothetical candidates, but even in his home state, the people of New Jersey that voted for Christie overwhelming as governor, would prefer Hillary Clinton right now as president," Lawless says. "One-third of the Democrats in the state are comfortable with him as governor but that doesn't mean they would be comfortable with him as president if they have a choice that represented their views a bit more broadly and had a credible shot at winning."

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