Showdown for Christie in his re-election bid
October 8th, 2013
11:57 AM ET
7 months ago

Showdown for Christie in his re-election bid

(CNN) - With four weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Chris Christie's Democratic challenger gets the chance Tuesday to face off with the overwhelming frontrunner in the Garden State gubernatorial campaign.

Christie and Democratic State Sen. Barabara Buono will meet on the same stage at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, for the first of two debates leading up to the November 5 election.

With the tough-talking governor continuing to hold very large leads over Buono in public opinion polling (in a state where Democratic voters greatly outnumber their Republican counterparts), the two face-to-face showdowns give Buono rare opportunities to try and gain some ground against the popular Republican incumbent.

Tuesday evening's one-hour debate will be broadcast on local TV in New York City and Philadelphia. Combined, the two large television markets blanket almost the entire state of New Jersey. The second debate is scheduled for October 15.

Earlier this year Christie claimed that "Barbara Buono's worst days of the campaign will be the days that I debate her."

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


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  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Let's get down to business and ask the hard questions and get to the red meat, Why is this man still fat?

    October 8, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Donna

    Oh I can see this setup a mile away. The lefties and Democrats will accuse Christie of being mean and rude to the Democrat in order to continue their war on women charade. Christie needs to get out ahead on this.

    October 8, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Lost in USA

    Christie,is what all of AMERICA'S political leader's should try to be. He stands his ground,but he will take on his own party in the drop of a dime. CHRISTIE 2016!

    October 8, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. P.S

    @LOST IN USA
    When you say Christie, will take on his own party, are you talking about that Obama man crush he had that cost us the election?

    October 8, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I think that any New Jersey liberal or Democrat who votes for Christie would be making a mistake. Look at his record. New Jersey ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to job creation. One of Christie's first acts as governer was to cut hundreds of millions from Education, while granting hundreds of millions in tax cuts to the wealthy and big business.

    October 8, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    @ Donna
    Oh I can see this setup a mile away. The lefties and Democrats will accuse Christie of being mean and rude to the Democrat in order to continue their war on women charade. Christie needs to get out ahead on this.

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    Democrats war on women? LMAO – Donna get out of the Faux bubble before you suffocate.

    October 8, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. kirk

    So, let me get this straight, the dems are attacking women's rights, wow, if you've ever wondered why your the laughing stock of this blog, here it is, absolute, pure hyoocracy

    October 8, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    The problems I have with Christie is that he is an ideologue and doesn't really care to have a civil conversation with those that don't agree with him. If he really was a smart guy, he would have all the sections of government make sure that they interact smoothly which no govenor has done. As far as I am aware, he has never had any analysis done of those income assistance programs as to how much is spent on them and how much that affects the economy. He doesn't or hasn't seen fit to raise the gas tax (and I drive a lot in NJ) to help pay for the roads. I don't think he has kept his word in paying into the pension systems; all the workers have been. There is so much more that could be said.

    October 8, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. kirk

    PS, really, and the gop is unpopularity with Latinos is a messaging thing right, where do you find these guys CNN? Thanks Donna, ps, I needed that, that was therapeutic, almost fell over laughing.

    October 8, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. kirk

    And should he not have lost weight by now, wire that thing shut for crying out loud!

    October 8, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    Christy isn't going anywhere, once a republican is seen walking along side with Obama, or even hears of talking to Obama over the phone, then it's over with for Christy. (or anyone else, for that matter)

    October 8, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    kirk

    So, let me get this straight, the dems are attacking women's rights, wow, if you've ever wondered why your the laughing stock of this blog, here it is, absolute, pure hyoocracy
    -------------------------------------------------
    Naww kirk. Donna doesn't wonder and Donna doesn't care.
    It's called blogging for dollars, they get paid by the post not by the truth.

    October 8, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    S. B. Stein

    The problems I have with Christie is that he is an ideologue and doesn't really care to have a civil conversation with those that don't agree with him.
    -------------------
    Exactly. Good call. Christie will not have a civil discussion with anyone who has an opinion that is different from his own. That's when all of the rudeness and bullying comes out of him. By his own admission, Christie is unfit to be POTUS because of his temper and terse language. So, what makes him fit to be a state governer?

    October 8, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I like Christi but the GOP traitors in congress might drag him down too. After all, how can you vote for any of the GOP swine after this GOP teaparty led farce!!!!!

    October 8, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Winston Smith

    Christie's probably a good man. Might make a good president, someday. Biggest problem: Next year it's doubtful any politician registered as a republican gets into office. Why you ask? Because of the way they've acted during the entire second term of President Obama. They have intentionally been obstructive, abusive, and just plain racist in their approach to the elected leader of the nation. It's been noted as such, and believe me it's going to be remembered come 2014.

    October 8, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Thomas

    @Donna
    Oh I can see this setup a mile away. The lefties and Democrats will accuse Christie of being mean and rude to the Democrat in order to continue their war on women charade. Christie needs to get out ahead on this.

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    Do you work for citizensUn United ?

    October 8, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    @Donna
    Oh I can see this setup a mile away. The lefties and Democrats will accuse Christie of being mean and rude to the Democrat in order to continue their war on women charade. Christie needs to get out ahead on this.

    ********************

    Even for you, this is rampant paranoia. I know you prefer to have GOP candidates get served cupcake questions like they do on FOX and to never hear a dissenting opinion, but for you to say this is a set up speaks volumes about your addled state of mind.

    October 8, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    The War on Women doesn't bother Donna, because he is not one.

    October 8, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |