PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – President Obama called Republican Governor Chris Christie Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on his re-election, a White House official confirmed to CBS Philadelphia.
In a landslide victory, Christie defeated Democrat State Senator Barbara Buono. Christie carried a double digit lead throughout the entire campaign season (see previous story).
The President took a helicopter tour along the New Jersey coastline and toured Brigantine with Christie shortly after Superstorm Sandy hit, and just days before the November election (see previous story).
The President reunited with Christie at the Jersey Shore in May to view recovery from Superstorm Sandy (see previous story).
During her concession speech, Buono voiced frustration at a lack of support from the national Democratic party (see previous story).
“It was never about a party, or the pundits or the polls. It was always about the people. Wasn’t it? And it’s it always will be,” she said.
The White House official said the President called Democratic winners Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh Tuesday night.