Chris Christie Reelection Announcement Was Expected
In a move long expected by most political insiders, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made the news of his re-election bid official on Monday by filing the necessary papers.
Christie reelection plans announcement comes days after polls showed that most people in the Northeast gave him high marks for his handling of the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
The Republican rising star wants to play a major role in rebuilding his state that was devastated by the natural disaster. A recent poll showed that 77 percent of registered voters in New Jersey approved of the way Mr. Christie is handling his job.
Despite his popularity, experts believe that if popular Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker decided to run, it could spell trouble for Christie’s reelection chances, because New Jersey remains a blue state that voted for Obama in 2012 by a margin of 17 points against Mitt Romney who was endorsed by the governor.
Christie who many believe will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016 said during a news briefing:
“It would be wrong for me to leave now. I don’t want to leave now. We have a job to do. That job won’t be finished by next year. The public needs to know that I’m in this for the long haul, that the person who has helped to lead them through the initial crisis wants to help lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state.”
If Cory Booker decides to run for the senate in 2014 instead of governor in 2013, Christie could be seen a favorite to keep the job he currently occupies.