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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Governor Chris Christie missed the snow storm in New Jersey yesterday because he’s currently in Vermont at a fundraiser, which was raising funds for Republicans in that state.

Darryl Isherwood, NJ.com’s Senior Political Reporter and Jeanette Hoffman, Republican Strategist, talked about the most important political events that took place in New Jersey in 2013. “It’s got to be the re-election of the governor. I don’t think there’s another political story that tops it,” Isherwood said.

Hoffman agreed with Isherwood that the re-election is the most important political event. “I mean if you look at Governor Christie’s re-election, it was almost historic in the way that a Republican governor won the majority of women’s votes, Latinos’ votes, captured a great segment of the African American population,” she said.

A Monmouth University poll says that the Governor has a 65% approval rate, but only 23% have a clear idea of Christie’s 2nd term policies. Isherwood says that isn’t surprising because Christie didn’t really run on a platform or say specific things that he’d be doing in his second term. “I think people are wondering how this is all going to play out,” he said.

Hoffman says that Governor Christie has the power and the rock star status that helped him get re-elected. “Governor Christie is one of the most powerful governors in the country by the nature of the gubernatorial powers. And he’s also a national Republican rock star, and you just can’t get around that” she said.

Since becoming the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie has been out of the state often, and many are wondering if he’s going to pass the reins off to the Lieutenant Governor and his staff.

Isherwood doesn’t think that Christie will completely abandon the seat, but he isn’t just the Governor of New Jersey anymore. “I think not entirely. He’s still got to run the state, but look he’s got two competing ambitions this year. One is to get Republican governors elected around the country. There are 36 races that he’s got to play a part in. So he will be out of this state a lot,” he said.

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