Can a Republican win statewide in New Jersey during this current climate?
Probably, but he or she would need to be what were once derisively referred to as a RINO ( Republican in name only ).
In other words, not a fire and brimstone Republican but a practical, pragmatic one. Christie made an interesting display of that this week when he spoke about the need to give some prisoners a second chance.
Law enforcement is obviously an area where he has much experience, so it was somewhat refreshing to hear him say that the only way to handle criminals is NOT lock ’em up and throw away the key. People in densely populated New Jersey understand that it’s a little more complicated than that with recidivism rates as high as they are. The goal here of course is keep people safe. Piece is below.