HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Heading into Tuesday's election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is casting himself as an inclusive Republican leader who transcends party lines.
It's a closing argument that doubles as the opening one for a prospective Christie presidential run.
But another victory in the governor's race might not translate into success at the national level.
The straight-talking Christie has led in polls by a wide margin. He's facing a little-known Democratic state senator, Barbara Buono (BWOH'-noh). She's struggled to attract support, even from her party's most devoted allies.
The nation's most powerful would-be Christie critics have shied away from the New Jersey election.
That means little pushback as he casts himself as an electable GOP leader with particular appeal among women and minorities.