November 6th, 2013
07:58 AM ET

Chris Christie Aims To Make History In New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hopes to go where no other Garden State Republican has gone in nearly a quarter century.

Public opinion polls indicate the GOP Governor's expected to easily win re-election Tuesday in blue-state New Jersey over state Sen. Barbara Buono, his little known Democratic challenger. But Christie wants to break records.

"Christie Whitman was elected twice here and never broke 50 percent. Nobody (no Republican) since 1988 has had a 5 in front of their name in a statewide race," Christie said in an exclusive Election Day interview with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Christie appeared to be referring to then Vice President George H.W. Bush, who grabbed 56% of the vote in New Jersey in his 1988 presidential election victory.

"My goal always in this race has been to at least get to 50% plus one, and anything above that is gravy and so I'll be really happy with that because that's a historical achievement – in 25 years no one has done that in New Jersey so I'll be happy with that," added Christie.  "I suspect we may do better than that."

Christie stood at 66%, 61% and 57% among likely voters in the final three public opinion polls released on the eve of the election.

In the interview, Christie touted his conservative credentials and dished out some bipartisan criticism, saying the Republican Party needs to focus on winning elections, and slamming President Barack Obama for the mixed messages on the new health care law.

"I think the party cares more about winning the argument than winning the election, and if you don't win elections you can't govern," Christie told Tapper, anchor of CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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