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New Jersey Gov. Christie’s focus: Rebuilding, re-election

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during news conference fire house Monday Nov. 26 2012 Middletown N.J. Christie announced he

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a news conference at at fire house, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Middletown, N.J. Christie announced he will seek re-election to a second term. Christie says he want New Jerseyans to know that he's "in this for the long haul" as he leads the state's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The election is scheduled for November 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy — and running for re-election.

The 50-year-old governor announced his intention to seek a second term Monday, after telling his campaign treasurer to file papers so he can begin hiring campaign staff, selecting a headquarters and raising money toward his re-election. A formal announcement is expected in January.

Christie is riding an unprecedented wave of popularity because of how he handled the storm, which he said Friday had caused more than $29 billion in damage in New Jersey.

He carried the Democratic-leaning state by 86,000 votes in 2009, an upset win over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine.



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