Christie's re-election race highlights his future

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WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he may launch a presidential campaign before finishing his full second term if re-elected next month.

Such an admission might hurt any other candidate.

But for Christie, it underscores his popularity as a straight-talking Republican leader in a Democratic state. And it highlights what's at stake in New Jersey's looming gubernatorial election — a contest as much about Christie's presidential aspirations as it is about the race for governor.

Christie's team is assembling a broad coalition of supporters to make the case he is a new kind of Republican. He's courting groups of Democrats, union workers, women and minorities. And he says his re-election campaign offers a road map of sorts for beleaguered Republicans across the nation as the party works to expand.

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