Explaining the Virginia and New Jersey Election Results
The Virginia vote can be explained quite simply. The government shutdown was a matter of the Republicans opposing an important local business in Virginia.
The New Jersey vote might be due to New Jersey being the site of a controlled experiment. Individual medical insurance rates in New Jersey went through the proverbial roof as a “medical insurance reform”. They then fell as a result of partial decontrol. In New Jersey, the ACA “train wreck” looks predictable and not the result of supposed sabotage.