Chris Christie 2013: How the NJ Governor Made Me Love Him (VIDEO)

christieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has filed papers to run for reelection next year. He was expected to run again -- and has been tossed out as a potential Republican presidential hopeful for 2016 -- but the announcement on Monday came surprisingly early, as Christie is, no doubt, capitalizing on his newfound popularity after Hurricane Sandy. I have to say I am quite pleased with his decision, but I don't know if I would have said that a few months ago.

I haven't been Christie's biggest fan over the years. I thought he was just another GOP hack who was trying to slash the social safety net that I think our country so desperately needs. He was Romney's stand-in for so much of the presidential race that I would cringe when I heard his name. When he was tossed out as a potential Republican VP, I thought good riddance.

But since Hurricane Sandy, I've become one of the Christie converts.

I grew up in New Jersey, down on the Jersey Shore, an area particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, and I have to say that I've been impressed by Christie in the wake of the storm. He's spent weeks on the ground, helping the people of New Jersey, giving them hope, and working to make sure that the state bounces back as quickly as it can.

I'm glad the state has someone like him, someone who so clearly loves New Jersey (and its patron saint, Bruce Springsteen) that it's hard not to want to give him a giant hug after listening to him talk about the devastation experienced by my home.

And I'm not the only one. A recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University finds that 70 percent of New Jersey voters give Christie a thumbs up. Before the storm, 55 percent approved of his performance. Those are some impressive numbers. He's even ridden his wave of popularity to SNL's Weekend Update, where he appeared in his signature fleece, and joked about how it's become part of his skin. Haha. Gross.

He's done a great job helping New Jersey get back on its feet, and I'm glad he's running again. "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 be here to lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state," he said. Because rebuilding won't be done by next year. Christie isn't expected to make a formal announcement until January

It almost makes me wish I still lived in New Jersey so that I could vote there. (Although if Democrat Newark Mayor Corey Booker -- who has literally saved women from burning buildings -- were running against him, I'd have a tough choice!)

Do you think Chris Christie should be reelected?


Image via SNL

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bills... billsfan1104

He has always been like this. Only you isn't notice it, because of your hatred for republicans. Now you are fawning all over him. Does the theStir have another liberal blogger?

talaricg talaricg

i voted for chris christie when he ran. i regret that decision almost every day. i (inaccurately) thought that no one could be worse than corzine. i agree with part of your article; i think that christie has done a good job in the wake of hurricane sandy- but handling a hurricane well does not negate all of his other bad decisions. i'm part of the 30% who does NOT approve and despite his success with the disaster management, I will not be voting for him again.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I think comments like "just another GOP hack" illustrate whats really wrong with our country. Too often people don't actually look into who a candidate is, what they stand for, what they actually do and vote because of how they percieve the party they are associated with (and let's not get into how THAT opinion is formed....).

Dissappointing, but typical.

Iris0409 Iris0409

I think republicans are scary and horrible, and I love Chris Christie - always have. I don't always agree with his ideas, but I can ALWAYS see where he's coming from, and it's not crazyland like some of his GOP buddies. He reminds me that there's value in having a government that leads from different philosophies, because he brings a viewpoint to the table that a great deal of people agree with, even if I don't, and he does it with very little CRAZY and aboslutely no rape commentary. It's really not that hard.

mustb... mustbeGRACE

He's a Democrat Dork.

nonmember avatar christy

mustbeGrace, you are an idiot.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I love Christie. But this article shows what is wrong with so many people in our country. You didn't know anything about Christie and just assumed what he was like because there is an R next to his name when you see him on tv

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