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Is New Jersey Turning Red?

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Republican Chris Christie came out victorious yesterday in New Jersey’s race for Governor. New Jersey is said to be a Democratic blue-state, but the victory of Republican Chris Christie two terms in a row have many speculating that the Garden State may in fact be turning red.

Mayor Steve Lonegan who recently lost a pretty close senate race to Cory Booker decided to chime in on this possible party switch. “I think New Jersey is turning more red than people want to think, then the pundits want to say and I think it was demonstrated in our race and coming up to October 16th,” he said.

As far as Christie’s future aspirations go, what exactly is needed for him to launch a presidential campaign? “The governor has to recognize that voters who voted for Steve Lonegan in the senate race expect a clear, articulate, conservative message. He needs to reestablish those principles among national voters outside the state of New Jersey to bring good solid economic policy changes to put the state back on the path to economic prosperity,” Lonegan said.

So the question remains, is Christie conservative enough for the national GOP? “The positions he takes over the next six months are going to very much determine that. All eyes of the country will now be on New Jersey. In our lifetime, New Jersey went from being the best state in the nation to start a business, one of the leading economies in the nation, to the worst and we can turn that around with a Republican legislature and Republican governor and certainly could have done a better job with a Republican U.S. senator,” Lonegan said.

Lonegan also says that Christie’s Republican competition around the country is tough with people like Rick Perry and Rand Paul having stronger conservative outlooks.

While the Garden State seems to be moving towards the red, some say New Jersey’s stance on policies remains strongly leaning towards the blue side. Lonegan disagrees, “New Jersey has made significant policy decisions in the last five or six years that demonstrate voters really are economically conservative,” he argued.

As far as Christie’s second term, Lonegan feels now the governor is able to make some necessary changes. “He can really start cutting spending in a big way; he can appoint good solid conservative judges to the state Supreme Court and other judge positions. I think the opportunities are endless,” he said.

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