PORT MONMOUTH - Standing in a local firehouse with first responders completing the setpiece on the day he announced his re-election, Gov. Chris Christie invoked one word and made it stick in his remarks, "Unity."
"You're the ones who are going to make it happen," Christie said, referring to rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, moments after he acknowledged his plans to run again and noting that Sandy helped him decide in favor of pursuing re-election.
"Unity," said the governor, speaking of the store owners and homeowners and the collective desire to make the shore right again after the devastating storm upended New Jersey.
As the governor basked in 77% approval ratings and the lingering impact of praise for his leadership performance during the hurricane, PolitickerNJ.com asked the governor about the man many regard could be his toughest challenger: Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
"I haven't spoken to him in the last few days," said the governor.
They texted back and forth, but the exchange wasn't political, Christie said.
Does he still have expectations that Booker won't challenge him?
"My expectation is that any person who wants to run, will run," the governor said.
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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