New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) released the first TV ad of his reelection campaign on Wednesday, a minute-long spot that casts him as a bipartisan leader and highlights his well-received response to Hurricane Sandy.

The first half of the commercial points to tax and spending cuts Christie spearheaded, and his work "with Democrats and Republicans. Believing that as long as you stick to your principles, compromise isn't a dirty word."

Christie is spending seven figures to air the ad, according to reports. He is up for reelection this fall, and is a heavy favorite to win a second term, polls show. Christie's popularity skyrocketed after his response to Sandy, even as some Republicans criticized him for welcoming President Obama into his state to tour storm damage during the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign.

The last 10 seconds of the ad features footage of Christie meeting with first responders and comforting victims following Sandy. "The most important thing he did has little to do with numbers, statistics, or even politics. He made us proud to say we we're from New Jersey," the narrator of the ad concludes.

The likely Democratic nominee against Christie is state Sen. Barbara Buono.