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In the wake of the government shutdown and the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Election Night 2013 drew to a close with both sides of the aisle celebrating notable victories.
In Virginia, Terry McAulliffe narrowly edged out his Republican counterpart in the state's gubernatorial race, while in New Jersey, incumbent Chris Christie comfortably earned reelection as the state's mayor.
Midterm elections, which are now less than a year away, will set the stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, and oft rumored to be a Republican hopeful, Christie showed his appeal across multiple demographics, with CNN exit polls showing the Republican garnering more than 30 percent of the states Democratic support.
However, CNN’s "Crossfire" host Van Jones disagreed with the masses, saying that that “myth of Chris Christie is going to come apart under close scrutiny.”
“We don’t need Archie Bunker to be president,” he continued, referencing the abrasive character from television's "All in the Family." “This guy's getting a cake walk because he's entertaining. You got a lot of entertainers ... they shouldn't be president of the United States."
Challenging Christie’s conservative record, Jones brought up the recent special election held for the vacant Senate seat of Frank Lautenberg:
"How can he be fiscally conservative and waste $12 million?"
After vehemently denying accusations for months, on Tuesday Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted to reported drug transgressions:
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he announced.
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" to discuss the events in Toronto, Robyn Doolittle offered some context:
“For the last six months, the mayor has been on a rampage,” said the "Toronto Star" employee. “This isn’t just kind of someone saying I got caught doing something wrong. This has been someone lying about it and attacking everyone for six months.”
On the heels of swirling accusations, a Toronto police investigation finally provided enough evidence to solidify the aforementioned claims.
At this time, Mayor Ford won't be formally charged, but his political and personal problems aren’t over, as he now faces an increasingly agitated public.
“I think my favorite tweet today came after the press conference when he felt, 'as though a thousand pounds was lifted from his shoulders,’" noted Natalie Johnson, a City Hall Reporter for CTV Toronto. "Yeah a thousand pounds off your shoulders onto us as a city."
However, the mayor has resisted any calls for his dismissal, saying that he "was elected to do a job and that is exactly what I am going to continue doing.”
Doolittle told Morgan that Ford will probably continue doing exactly that:
“At this point, it would be unusual if he actually did step aside."