The takeaways from last week's elections are about a man and a state.
The man, Chris Christie, was overwhelmingly re-elected governor of New Jersey, bringing cheer to Republicans. The state is Virginia, which is inching toward becoming a Democratic- leaning outpost. With both, there are caveats.
Christie was a big winner; some consider him a clear favorite for the 2016 presidential nomination and even the de facto leader of his besieged and divided party.