By Jennifer De Pinto, Sarah Dutton and Rebecca KaplanTo call it a "race" is almost unfair. \n \nGov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was re-elected as New Jersey \ngovernor in a landslide - 60-39 percent over his Democratic challenger, state \nSen. Barbara Buono - and virtually no one ever thought the outcome might be \ndifferent. For months, Christie held a commanding lead in the polls as Buono \nfailed to get her campaign off the ground. \nChristie was re-elected with widespread support from men, \nwomen, independents, members of his own party, and even three in 10 Democrats, \naccording to CBS News exit polls. \n"I\u0027m the luckiest guy in the world," Christie \nsaid, flanked by his family, during his acceptance speech in Asbury Park, N.J. \nChristie\u0027s Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara \nBuono, won the votes of liberals, African-Americans, and young voters, but that \nwas not nearly enough to stop Christie\u0027s pursuit of a second term. \nIn her concession speech, Buono slammed New Jersey \nDemocratic leaders for their "betrayal" of her campaign. \n"The Democrat political bosses--some elected, some \nnot, made a deal with this governor, despite him representing everything \nthey\u0027re supposed to be against," she said. "They didn\u0027t to it to help \nthe state. They did it out of a desire to help themselves politically and \nfinancially." \nIn 2009, Christie defeated incumbent Democratic Governor \nJon Corzine by just three points, but his margin of victory was far more \nsubstantial this time around. His support improved among nearly every \ndemographic group. \nChristie solidified his base winning near unanimous \nsupport from Republicans (93 percent) conservatives (86 percent), and tea party \nsupporters (88 percent) but more importantly, he made inroads with some \ntraditionally Democratic groups. Fifty-seven percent of women cast their vote \nfor Christie, a group he lost to Democrat Jon Corzine four years ago. And while \nDemocrat Buono won the support of African-Americans by a large margin, Christie \nmanaged to capture one in five black voters - doubling the level of support he \nreceived four years ago (9 percent). \nChristie won the support of both independents and \nmoderates. In 2009, he won moderates by just three points over Corzine, but he \nwon them by 24 points this year.\u00a0 \nMost New Jersey Democrats (66 percent) did support their \nparty\u0027s candidate, but 32 percent of the state\u0027s Democrats crossed over and \nbacked Christie, the Republican. A mere 8 percent of Democrats voted for \nChristie in 2009. His share of the vote also increased among lower income \nvoters. Forty-six percent of voters in a union household backed Christie; up \nfrom 38 percent four years ago.\u00a0 \nChristie\u0027s supporters were enthusiastic. Nearly seven in \n10 of his voters strongly favored him, but that was the case for only 40 \npercent of Buono\u0027s supporters. In fact, three in 10 Buono voters said they had \nreservations about her and 26 percent supported her mostly because they \ndisliked Christie. \nIn what is traditionally a blue state, Christie faced an \nelectorate in which nearly two-thirds had an overall favorable opinion of him. \nJust four in 10 viewed Buono, the Democrat, favorably.\u00a0 \nVoters were even more were impressed with Christie\u0027s \nhandling of Superstorm Sandy last year, including three in four \nDemocrats.\u00a0 \nInterestingly, while Christie himself won high favorable \nratings from the electorate, his party did not. More than half of New Jersey \nvoters (57 percent) had an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party. \nDemocrats were viewed more positively with 51 percent favorable. Most said they \nblame the Republicans for the recent federal government shutdown. \nRegionally, Christie improved on his margins from four \nyears ago in the suburban north, an area President Obama carried in both 2008 \nand 2012, as did Democrat Cory Booker last month. Christie also did better in \nSouthern New Jersey. Buono did well in the Democratic stronghold in the urban \nnorth. \nThe economy was the issue most on the minds of voters \ntoday - 49 percent chose it as the issue most important in their vote, far \nahead of taxes (22 percent) , education (15 percent) and same-sex marriage (6 \npercent). While 30 percent of New Jersey voters think the condition of the \nstate\u0027s economy has improved from four years ago, just as many (28 percent) say \nit has gotten worse. Four in 10\u00a0 think it has stayed the same. Still, most \nvoters approve of how Christie is handling the economy. \nWhile Christie has expressed his personal opposition to \nsame-sex marriage, he recently\u00a0decided not to appeal a judge\u0027s \nruling\u00a0that permitted same-sex marriages in the state. Exit polls show \nstrong support for same-sex marriage - six in 10 voters think it should be \nlegal. \nIn the end, it was about securing a historically large \nlandslide victory for a Republican governor in a blue state, and that he did. \nChristie capitalized on a seven-day, 90-stop\u00a0that took him to \nevery county in the state during the last week of his election. \nChristie in 2016? \nThe real question coming out of Tuesday\u0027s election is \nwhat his margin of victory for a potential 2016 presidential bid. This is a \nstate that President Obama won by 17 points in the 2012 election and 15 points \nin 2008. Yet Christie, known for a more pragmatic brand of conservatism than \nmany of the other potential 2016 candidates, easily bested Buono and was the \nfirst Republican to win the N.J. governor\u0027s office with more than 50 percent of \nthe vote since Tom Kean in 1985. \nSpeculation is rampant about a Christie presidential run \nin 2016, and while 51 percent of New Jersey voters who cast ballots in the \ngovernor\u0027s race think he would make a good president, almost as many - 44 \npercent - don\u0027t think he will.\u00a0 \nDespite his strong performance in this race, in a \nhypothetical 2016 match-up between Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton, 44 \npercent say they would vote for Christie, but slightly more (48 percent) say \nthey would back Clinton. The last time a Republican candidate for president \ncarried New Jersey was in 1988 when George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis. \nIn this potential presidential match-up, most Republicans \nsay they would back Christie and most Democrats would vote for Clinton. But \nonly one in 10 New Jersey Democrats say they would support Christie if he ran \nfor president. Independents would back Christie.\u00a0 \nThe day before voters went to the polls, \nthe\u00a0Quinnipiac polling institute showed\u00a0Christie with the same \ntwo-to-one margin lead over Buono that he has held for months. The poll put his \nlead at 61 to 33 percent among likely voters, including 64 to 29 percent lead \namong independents and 30 percent among Democrats. \nBecause defeating Christie seemed like an insurmountable \ngoal, outside Democratic and union-backed groups poured their money into the \nraces for the state legislature in order to ensure that the Democratic body \ndidn\u0027t see Christie gain any more supporters.\u00a0According to the New York \nTimes, as of last Thursday, more than $35 million in outside money had flowed \ninto the state\u0027s races, more than twice what was spent when Christie was \nelected in 2009. \nThey had reason to worry. Christie had vocal, heated \nbattles with unions,\u00a0especially the teachers\u0027 union, for power in the \nstate, which has won him praise from conservatives. But other actions have been \nhave been less cut-and-dry in their party leanings. He was\u00a0criticized by \nsome Republicans\u00a0for appearing with President Obama in the wake of Sandy, \nand last month he decided to\u00a0of the state Supreme Court\u0027s \ndecision to allow same-sex marriages. \nHe is distinctly different from Ken Cuccinelli, \nVirginia\u0027s attorney general and a tea party favorite, who hewed closely to \nconservative orthodoxy on both economics and social policy. Their styles are \nindicative of a larger divide about the future of the GOP, which is sure to \ndrag out because of Christie\u0027s victory.