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Chris Christie is best known for his combative style as the Republican governor of traditionally Democratic New Jersey.
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The New Jersey shore was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Just as the coastal communities had begun to heal from the hurricane's devastation, the town of Seaside Park saw much of its boardwalk go up in flames the following September. Christie was on the scene during the fire-fighting effort and pledged to his support to the community.
The following November, Christie appeared to have the backing of most of the state. He easily won re-election to the governor's office,
besting his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono and taking roughly 60 percent of the votes. After this impressive victory, Christie's name was once again tossed around by the press as a possible presidential candidate for 2016.
Long known for his weight, reportedly weighing more than 300 pounds in 2012, Christie announced in May 2013 that he had lost 40 pounds—the result of undergoing weight loss surgery three months earlier.
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