Christie to Run for Second Term as NJ Governor
Chris Christie will seek a second term as New Jersey governor, he announced Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie will run for re-election for New Jersey governor's seat, he confirmed Monday.
Christie made the announcement during an appearance at a press conference at the Port Monmouth Fire Department in Middletown Monday afternoon. The governor declined to talk in detail about his bid, saying he is saving that for a more formal announcement in January.
But he did say he sought the advice of his wife, Mary Pat, and four children during the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and got their blessing.
"I have a job to finish that I would have never anticipated to have six weeks ago," said Christie, adding that he loves the Garden State. "I want to leave it better than I found it when I'm done."
The gubernatorial election will take place in November 2013. Christie didn't indicate whether Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be his running mate again.
Christie is riding a ratings high following his response to Superstorm Sandy and the devastation it caused. He also dipped his toe into the national political scene this past presidential election with rampant speculation on his chances of a vice presidential nod until Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Christie, a Republican, won the governor's seat in 2009, handily beating incumbent Jon Corzine.
New Jersey governors serve four-year terms. There are no term limits for governors, but governors cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information at 6:15 p.m., Nov. 26.