MIDDLETOWN, NJ - With his popularity surging in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie has filed paperwork today to run for a second term.

The State of New Jersey was devasted when Sandy hit six weeks ago and has now started on the long road to recovery.

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"The people need to know I'm in this for the long haul," he said today at a briefing in Middletown, where he had come to thank first responders and volunteers.

The 50-year-old Republican governor said: "It would be wrong for me to leave now."

"I have a job to finish that six weeks ago I never anticipated having," Christie said.

The gubernatorial election is a year from now. Christie said he made his decision after talking with his family over the weekend.

The governor filed papers with election officials today.  The step allows Christie to set up a campaign headquarters, hire staff and raise money toward his re-election.