Election 2009: Tight in Jersey


The polls closed at 8 p.m. but the Jersey Governor’s race between incumbent Jon Corzine (pictured) and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie is at present too close to call, just as late polls had suggested. Republicans are cautiously optimistic: “POLITICS 24/7 is willing to go out on a limb with Christie,” says one conservative site. “Now Christie is a pretty heavy guy to be stuck on a limb with, so to do so we have to be pretty confident. But we aren’t.”

Much would seem to depend on the showing of third-partier Chris Daggett, who was so successfully siphoning votes from challenger Christie that local Democrats were making robocalls for him. Former Republican Governor Tom Kean predicts a three-point Christie victory.

Update: Not many votes counted at 9:30 p.m., but it’s running 52-41 for Christie, says New Jersey News. Corzine’s numbers in Middlesex County are said to be “troubling.”

Update 2: They’re calling it for Christie.