It is full speed ahead to November for Chris Christie.
The former U.S. attorney and Republican candidate for governor defeated fellow Republican Steve Lonegan in Tuesday’s primary, paving the way for a showdown in the general election with Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who won his party’s nomination Tuesday as well.
The former U.S. attorney, who put away dozens of corrupt New Jersey public officials during his time as the top federal prosecutor in the state, now faces a direct battle with Gov. Corzine.
The reigning governor has already begun attacking Mr. Christie’s record in handing out no-bid contracts for federal monitor positions in an effort to undermine Mr. Christie’s reputation, and those attacks are sure to increase in frequency and energy.
The campaign, which will swing into full gear now that the primary is over, should begin to see the effects of Gov. Corzine’s immense financial resources. Gov. Corzine, a former Goldman Sachs chairman, has already spent $100 million of his own money on his previous U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns.
Despite that advantage, today Gov. Corzine trails Mr. Christie by around 7 points in most reputable polls.
The incumbent governor, forced to serve during one of the nation’s worst fiscal crises and see the effects of working from within a corruption-ridden party, has much work to do.