AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he announces his "Hurricane Sandy Flood Map Regulations" Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The town, which was featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" sustained substantial damage to homes and its boardwalk during Superstorm Sandy. ()
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File: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is leading among independent voters as he heads into Tuesday's election.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is a cinch for reelection on Tuesday -- in large part because of his overwhelming support among political independents.

A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows Christie leading Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono 59-40 percent overall, including 80-18 percent among independents.

Such an edge among those in the political middle is almost unheard-of in today's politics. And Christie's margin of victory appears likely to be bigger than any New Jersey governor since 1989.

Democrat Jim McGreevey won by 14 points in 2001, while Democrat Jim Florio won by 24 points in 1989.

Christie also garners the support of 23 percent of Democrats in the new poll.

New Jersey is one of two governor's elections taking place Tuesday. The other is in Virginia, where Democrat Terry McAuliffe has an edge in late polling.