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2009: Christie wins

NEW JERSEY: Per the Newark Star Ledger, "Chris Christie, the former U.S. Attorney whose aggressive pursuit of political corruption in New Jersey led to the downfall of some of the state's most powerful elected officials, won the Republican nomination for governor last night, beating back conservative Steve Lonegan in an unexpectedly bloody, hard-fought primary campaign. Christie's victory sets the stage for what could be the most competitive gubernatorial race in more than a decadeā€¦." With 97% reporting, Christie led Corzine 55%-42%.

Christie's "romp past Steven M. Lonegan, a feisty former mayor, sets the stage for what could be a fierce and expensive confrontation with the wealthy Mr. Corzine, who came to office vowing to rescue the state from financial crisis but has watched his popularity sink to record lows as the recession made matters worse," the New York Times adds.

More: "The White House left no doubt about its intention to support Mr. Corzine's bid for a second term. In a rousing speech on Tuesday night at Mr. Corzine's kickoff rally in West Orange, after his victory in a lopsided four-candidate Democratic primary, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the governor was 'on the right side of the issues' and declared: 'Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to Jon Corzine's reelection. Period. End of sentence. It's simple.'"