Christie rode suburban angst to win

January 20, 2010 4:14:12 AM PST
Unofficial election returns suggest Republican Chris Christie rode a swell of suburban support into New Jersey's governor's office.

Tuesday's results show Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine may have garnered fewer votes in every one of the states 21 counties than he did when he won the state's highest office in 2005.

Christie edged Corzine in 13 counties and had an overall margin of victory of approximately 100,000 votes.

About 2.3 million of New Jersey's 5.2 million registered voters cast ballots Tuesday - a turnout of roughly 45 percent. That's down from 49 percent in 2005.

Christie to freeze unfunded regs

Christie also said Wednesday the first thing he'll do is freeze new regulations and unfunded mandates.

Christie says such programs will be put on hold for 90 days so his administration can review them.

The Republican says he's willing to compromise with the Democratic majority in the Legislature. But Christie says he's not afraid to fight for his principles.

One day after winning the election, Christie spent part of Wednesday speaking to charter school students in Newark.

Christie used the visit to Robert Treat Academy to highlight his commitment to fixing urban education. That was one of his priorities during the campaign.

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