The Christie conundrum
Chris Christie is an illustration of that vanishing political breed—a (sorta) liberal Republican elected in a 'blue' (Democratic) state but able to orchestrate productive action with Democrats. The New Jersey state Senate has 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured April 27, 2011 at the 2011 Time 100 gala. Photograph courtesy David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons