Gov. Chris Christie promised to lead New Jersey with the same aggressive style if he wins a second term, while his opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono, pledged Tuesday to remain independent of party bosses who have been sitting on their hands during her campaign if she becomes governor.
Christie and Buono squared off for 90 minutes during their second and final debate at Montclair State University. The election is Nov. 5.
As he did in the first debate with Buono last week, Christie refused to rule out a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. If that happens, it’s unlikely he would finish his term.
Christie did promise to lead with the same blustery style that has catapulted him to national fame, saying that occasionally calling people out is “part of who I am.” He once called a veteran who challenged him at a town hall an “idiot” and has long been known for his strong language.
Christie, 51, said that has not kept Republicans and Democrats from working together under his leadership.
Buono, 60, said the governor’s name-calling is disrespectful and divisive.