As was anticipated, Republican Gov. Chris Christie won his re-election bid Tuesday night, routing Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.
So what does that mean for business in New Jersey? Here are four reasons why a second term for Christie might prove beneficial to the state's business community.
Seeing it through: It hasn't even been two months since Christie put ink to paper on the Economic Opportunity Act, the state's long awaited corporate incentives bill. There have already been a couple of early indications that the bill might prove successful over the long run but only time will tell. Christie in the Statehouse gives it the best shot to do so.
President Christie: Though the Buono campaign harped on Christie's presidential ambitions being a problem, numerous polls indicate residents would like to see their governor in the White House. Though potentially nauseating, talk of the presidency is just going to keep on coming and that exposure for New Jersey could translate into a plus for the business community.
Hands across the aisle: In his first four years, Christie has managed to forge relationships with some of the state's most influential Democrats both inside and outside the halls of the Statehouse. That's led to a countless number of ribbon cuttings and photo-ops with Democrats across the state. Expect that to continue, especially given Christie's desire to appear as a bipartisan leader.
Sandy recovery: In his victory speech Tuesday night, Christie defiantly said he "will govern with the spirit of Sandy." His response to the storm has been his biggest claim to victory thus far and he seems committed to continuing to rebuild the shore.