Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) will run for reelection in 2013, political adviser Mike DuHaime confirmed. While he was expected to run for a second term, it was not a sure thing.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is seen as Democrats' best chance to beat Christie, whose popularity has surged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The storm also pushed back Booker's timeline for making a decision. He said recently that he plans to decide by mid-December.
Even before the storm, Christie enjoyed favorability ratings above 50 percent. A recent poll suggests that only Booker and former governor Dick Codey (now a state senator) have the name recognition and popularity to beat Christie. State Sen. Barbara Buono is also aiming to take on the governor.
Christie beat then-Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in 2009 by about 87,000 votes.
The pugnacious governor flirted with a presidential bid this past cycle before backing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. If he wins reelection, Christie will be well-positioned to run for president in 2016, although there was some grumbling from Republicans about his embrace of President Obama in the wake of the devastating hurricane.