Two states, New Jersey and Virginia, regularly elect governors in the year after each presidential election. Timing aside, it's rare that the race for Chris Christie's old job looks anything like the race for Thomas Jefferson's.
That changed this week, when both states moved toward legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed three bills to start legal sales before the November election; in Virginia, Democrats began merging House and Senate bills that would legalize weed by 2024.