New 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.