Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:09

Voters in The Garden State have decided to re-elect their heavy weight Republican Governor. Chris Christie cruised to a NJ victory and now appears focused on a 2016 GOP Presidential candidacy.

The NJ Governor's victory underlines his support from Democrats, independents as well as minorities. Similarly, George W. Bush was re-elected as governor in Texas back in 1998. . This month, Christie will assume the chairmanship of the GOP Governors Association, giving him a solid platform for his national campaign.

After 12 years of independent Mike Bloomberg in office, New York City voters have elected Democrat Bill de Blasio. His victory comes as a severe disappointment to Republicans and their light weight candidate Joe Lhota. This election signals a leftward shift for the city after the long and highly paid for Bloomberg re-elections.

This means that Democrats are back in control of the nation’s largest city for the first time in two decades. The 1,200 polling places throughout NYC experienced a lower than usual turnout according to city election officials.

The municipalities of Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Seattle along with others also chose mayors as well as other races and issues on today's ballots.