Monday, December 3, 2012

Former Jersey governors handicap Christie race

Former New Jersey governors Brendan Byrne (D) and Tom Kean (R) chat with NJ.com about the 2013 governor's race.

Q: At this point, do you think anyone can beat Gov. Chris Christie when he runs for re-election in 2013?

GOV. BYRNE: No. But at this time in 1972, nobody could beat Bill Cahill. As it turned out, Cahill didn’t even get through a primary.

GOV. KEAN: Right now, nobody could beat Christie. But it’s a long time to the election. I was 25 points behind in the polls, and I won. So things can change. We’ll have to wait and see. But everybody — Republicans, Democrats, even people in New York — is saying Christie did the best job during the storm.

BYRNE: Basically, Christie is a likeable character.

To that point, a poll last week showed Christie beating his strongest, potential opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, 53%-35%, which should scare off Booker from a run.

Thus, the following scenario might be shaping up -- Christie, a Republican governor, faces only token resistance from Democrats in a deeply blue state.