After months of campaigning, it all comes down to today for incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his Democratic challenger State Sen. Barbara Buono.

Senator Barbara Buono (D) votes in Metuchen
Senator Barbara Buono (D) votes in Metuchen (@BuonoForNJGov via Twitter)
Governor Chris Christie (behind the curtain) votes in Mendham
Governor Chris Christie (behind the curtain) votes in Mendham (Facebook)

Christie is expected to cast his vote this morning at 10:15am in his hometown of Mendham. Buono voted at 8:30am in Metuchen.

Christie has criticized Buono calling her unqualified for the office of Governor. Buono has characterized Christie as out-of-step with the majority of New Jerseyans. Both candidates have jam-packed schedules today as they try to shore up last minute votes. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is in the Garden State stumping for Team Christie.

“He (Christie) was a prosecutor and I was a prosecutor and he’s been my mentor,” said Martinez this morning. “He speaks plainly. He tells you like it is.”

Today, Buono has meet and greet events with voters in Teaneck, Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth and Plainfield. She’ll make a stop at a phone bank in Bloomfield and eventually head to her election night event in Metuchen.

It’s another long day on the campaign bus for Christie as he presses the flesh with voters before heading to his election night event in Asbury Park. Christie has double-digit leads in every poll, but Martinez does want anyone to become complacent.

“Don’t take this victory for granted,” said Martinez. “Get out and vote because when people stay home thinking, ‘Oh, he’s a shoo-in,’ that’s not fair to anyone. Get out and make sure you vote even though you believe he’s going to win.”


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