TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has 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 governor confirms he filed election papers during a trip to Middletown to thank first responders and volunteers who have helped in storm recovery efforts.
Christie is enjoying a popularity surge due to his hands-on response to Hurricane Sandy, the worst natural disaster in state history. He even appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in his trademark fleece pullover to lampoon his storm response.
The 50-year-old Republican with a reputation for bluntness even scored points with Democrats his handling of the storm and its aftermath.
With New Jersey just starting on a long road to rebuilding, the governor says "it would be wrong for me to leave now."
The election is scheduled for November 2013. No challengers have stepped forward so far.