This aerial photo shows the Breezy Point neighborhood in New York, where more than 50 homes were burned to the ground Monday night as a result of Sandy. Mark Lennihan, AP
By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy -- and running for re-election.
The 50-year-old governor announced his intention to seek a second term Monday, after telling his campaign treasurer to file papers so he can begin hiring campaign staff, selecting a headquarters and raising money toward his re-election. A formal announcement is expected in January.
Christie is riding an unprecedented wave of popularity because of how he handled the storm, which he said Friday had caused more than $29 billion in damage in New Jersey.
He carried the Democratic-leaning state by 86,000 votes in 2009, an upset win over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine.