New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) elaborated on his decision to seek a second term during a news briefing on Monday, saying that he's "in this for the long haul" and highlighting the work that remains following Superstorm Sandy.
"It would be wrong for me to leave now. I don't want to leave now," Christie said. "We have a job to do. That job won't be finished by next year. 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 help lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state."
Despite the incumbent's entrance in the race, the 2013 New Jersey governor's campaign has not fully taken shape. Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker said that he hoped to make a decision on whether to run by December, but Sandy delayed his plans. A poll from Quinnipiac University out Tuesday indicated that Christie will be a tough out, with 72 percent of New Jersey voters approving of the job he is doing as governor.