TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Now that New Jersey's attention-getting special Senate election is over, focus is shifting to Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign.
Christie and Democratic opponent Barbara Buono go before voters Nov. 5.
That's when all 120 seats of the state Legislature will also be decided, and voters will be asked whether to raise the minimum wage $1 per hour, to $8.25.
Christie ordered the Senate race held three weeks before his own re-election. That helped him avoid having the popular Democratic senator-elect, Cory Booker, topping the Democrats' ticket and conservative Steve Lonegan atop Christie's own name on the Republican ticket.
The governor is hoping for a margin that could fuel his national ambitions by showing his bipartisan appeal in this Democratic-leaning state.