Christie won’t speculate on his possible effect on down-ballot races

SEA GIRT – Trenton news junkies and political wonks alike may speculate on what a Gov. Chris Christie gubernatorial “sweep” could mean for the makeup of the state Legislature, but the governor is not willing to go there.

Christie told reporters today he’s focused on his re-election in November and that down-ticket races will be on the backburner. The governor declined to speculate about how a Republican with an approval rating in the 70s could translate to big wins for GOP state lawmakers.

“My first job in November’s election is to get re-elected. I’m not going to take my eye off that ball,” he said, adding that “candidly” he plans to be too busy with his own campaign to worry about other races.

He explained a focus on his re-election could ultimately “help candidates down ticket.”

But aside from that, Christie said, he’s not willing to go there.

“I don’t even know who all the candidates are,” Christie said. “I’m just going to work as hard as I can to get my message out.”

 

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie