UNION CITY - Gov. Chris Christie made his first appearance following his re-election at an urban public school in Union City Wednesday.

The governor says he'll use his second term in office to "finish the job" he started, including work in the areas of taxes and education reform.

The 51-year-old Republican governor coasted to re-election last night even as voters split over whether the economy had gotten better or worse during his first four years.

Despite concerns about the economy, voters said in exit polls conducted for The Associated Press that they had confidence in the governor's handling of it.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns had Christie with 60 percent of the vote to Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono's 38 percent.

Christie built a big margin of victory by pulling in more support from groups that Republicans traditionally find it hard to win over. "Find another Republican in America who's won the Latino vote recently," he says. "Why? It's because of the relationships."

He made his victory speech last night in the shore town of Asbury Park. He thanked New Jersey's voters for "making me the luckiest guy in the world."

Christie is seen as a strong contender for president in 2016.

For Gov. Christie's victory speech and Barbara Buono's concession speech, click on the videos to the left or visit Channel 612 and click on News 12 Extra.