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Chris Christie says he’ll seek a 2d term as N.J. governor

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — His popularity surging because of his handling of the Hurricane Sandy crisis, Governor Chris Christie said Monday he will seek a second term so he can continue leading the state through an expected long recovery effort.

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

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