(NEW YORK) — It’s official: New Jersey governor and rising GOP star Chris Christie will seek re-election in his state’s gubernatorial race in 2013, an adviser to the governor told ABC News.
Christie filed his papers with election officials Monday. Although Republicans and Democrats in the state had expected Christie to seek re-election, the governor had been coy about his plans in recent weeks.
The Republican governor is popular in the heavily Democratic state, and he earned high marks for his handling of super storm Sandy in late October from his constituents.
It’s not yet known who will challenge Christie. The presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination, and the candidate who is seen by many in the party as the best chance to unseat Christie, is Newark Mayor Cory Booker. But Booker has not yet made an announcement about his plans.
Regardless of who challenges him, polling has indicated that Christie is well-positioned to keep his job.
The latest polling, also from Quinnipiac University, measuring Christie in a hypothetical match-up against Booker shows the governor with a 7 point lead, 47 percent to 40 percent. The poll indicates that Booker is still an unknown commodity to many. His favorability ratings show him with a 49 percent favorable rating, 11 percent unfavorable, and 38 percent saying they haven’t heard enough about him.
Christie comparatively is very well known and 52 percent see him favorably, 42 percent unfavorably, and only 4 percent say they haven’t heard enough about him, according to the poll.
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