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Christie wins big despite voters’ economic worries

11-6-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he’ll use his second term in office to “finish the job” he started, including in the areas of taxes and education reform.

The 51-year-old Republican governor coasted to re-election Tuesday even as voters split over whether the economy had gotten better or worse during his first four years.

Despite their concerns about the economy, voters said in exit polls conducted for The Associated Press that they had confidence in the governor’s handling of it.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns had Christie with 60 percent of the vote to Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono’s 38 percent.

Christie built a big margin of victory by pulling in more support from groups that Republicans traditionally find it hard to win over.