With just under three weeks to the election, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has a commanding lead over his challenger State Senator Barbara Buono according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on October 17, 2013.
The poll shows that Christie has a lead of 62 percent to Buono's 33 percent and leads in all demographic groups with the exception of African American voters which back Buono 60 percent to Christies 30 percent. Christie leads 66 - 29 percent among men and 57 - 37 percent among women. White voters back Christie 67 percent. Christie leads 92 - 6 percent among Republicans and 71 - 23 percent among independent voters, while Democrats back Buono 66 - 30 percent.
These are astonishingly high numbers considering that Jersey is typically a blue state.
Although Buono did exceptionally well in the debate earlier this week, and I would argue that she edged out the incumbent governor it was too little too late. What I saw in Buono was passion in her beliefs and a tenacious fire in the belly style that never got the media attention that she deserved. Buono came into this race as a virtual unknown to most Garden State voters despite her 20 years in the State Legislature. Buono also came from a broken home, and that is the Democratic Party in general, whose members abandoned her on the local, state and national level.
When former Governor Jon Corzine was running against Christie, President Obama campaigned hard for Corzine and made several trips to New Jersey on his behalf. Corzine was also favored to win that race and was upset by Christie which left an embarrassing egg on Obama’s face. Obama campaigned for Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the election for the Senate seat but Booker was also a front runner and expected to do very well. However, Obama was nowhere to be found for Buono.
Am I the only one that sees a pattern here?
Let’s be realistic, it’s all but over. Although it’s too early to write the obituary on Buono’s campaign, it is in the hospice unit and it’s time to gather the family and the speechwriters need to quietly write the eulogy.