Sixth-grader who asked Christie for campaign advice loses class election

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

Zack Martini, the 11-year-old from Springfield, N.J. who asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for guidance about how to win a seat on the sixth grade council, lost the student election Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, the results from the election didn't go our way," Zack's father, Ed Martini, told The Ticket. "Zack is disappointed he didn't win but he wishes the new president, Zoe Frie, the best of luck."

At a town hall meeting in Union Township earlier this month, Zack asked Christie for "tips" about how to run his campaign for the student council. The governor responded with four pieces of advice: Make colorful signs, ask people for your vote, find friends to campaign for you, and don't make promises you can't keep. The exchange was caught on video and went viral on the Internet.

Zack used the governor's input. He put up big signs, asked his friends for their vote and gave his own stump speech on Tuesday.

Despite the loss, this won't be the last Florence Gaudineer Middle School hears of Zack Martini.

"He is looking forward to trying again next year," his father said.

You can see the exchange between Martini and Christie after the jump.