NEWTON – With only a little over 24 hours left until the start of Election Day, Governor Chris Christie made his way to Sussex County on his bus tour of the Garden State, a tour of which Sussex County is one of over 90 stops in a six day period.
The crowd, though small, started to gather around 3 p.m., and then began to multiply, to about 200 or more, who huddled together on the sliver of lawn on the Union Place side of the Republican Headquarters property on Trinity Street, with the Christie supporters flowing over onto Union Place itself. The small street that connects Spring and Trinity Streets, was closed off to traffic.
Slightly after 4 p.m., the Governor’s bus rounded the corner from Spring Street, and descended the hill on Union Place, stopping to let the Governor off, just before the podium. After greeting those there waiting for the governor with a beep of the bus horn, the Governor stopped to greet dignitaries who were waiting for him, and pose for photos, before making his way to the podium.
Not everyone who was in attendance was a fan. A small group of protestors formed across the street on Trinity Street, protesting environmental concerns, including the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury, and about fracking. Christie acknowledged the protestors, as he is often known to say something to those protesting.
“There are the forces that will always fight against us,” said Christie, in recognition of the dissension.
“This is about winning elections,” Christie told the crowd about Tuesday’s election. “Political parties are not about debating societies, everybody. They’re not colleges or universities, where we have a free flow of ideas, towards no end. That’s fine for a university. Not for a government. We’re hired to do a job by you. We’re paid to do a job by you. And what we need to do now is finish that job, and we can do it the right way if we continue to work together on all of the goals that we have. “
Christie said he is hearing from those that he meets from across the state, that they recognize that government is working together, and expressing that they are proud to be from New Jersey.
The Governor said he could not thank Sussex County residents enough for the work they are doing to help with the campaign. He described Sussex, Morris and Warren, among counties as the “bedrock of the Republican Party and the state.”
Christie said that on Tuesday night, he expects to have a share of the Independent vote for the state and approximately one-third of the Democratic vote. As he said that, Christie recognized a resident who toted a sign, which read “Democrat for Christie.” He invited that Democrat, Melissa Allan, to the podium, beckoning her over, giving her a hug, and a kiss on the cheek.
Allan, from Sparta, described herself to NJ Inside Scene as a “lifelong, hard Democrat.”
Allan, who arrived in Newton early for the event, stopped by the Republican Headquarters, and even volunteered some of her time to helping the group call constituents.
“I love what he [Christie] has done for New Jersey,” she said. “I think he’s a great Governor. I’m looking at the bigger picture. I think he’d be a great President.”
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