Chris Christie releases first TV ad of election: ‘when tragedy struck, he was there’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday is going up on TV with his first campaign ad of the general election.

The 30-second positive look at his first term is called “They Said.” The ad praises Christie for balancing the budget without raising taxes and for his response to Hurricane Sandy last year.

A forthcoming release from the Christie re-election campaign says the 10-day, $1.5 million ad buy is airing in the Philadelphia and New York City markets and on statewide cable.

Here is the text of the ad: “They said it couldn’t be done. New Jersey was too broken, too partisan. But they never met Chris Christie. Working with both parties, he made tough decisions. Four balanced budgets, no new taxes for anyone. Wasteful spending cut. A cap on property taxes that’s working. The best job growth in a decade. And the most education funding — ever. And when tragedy struck, he was there — every step of the way. Chris Christie. The Governor.”

Notably absent from the video: any footage of Christie meeting with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The Republican governor’s warm relationship with Obama drew widespread attention, with liberals praising Christie’s bipartisanship, conservatives accusing him of betraying Republicans, and some observers even claiming he was just trying to curry favor with Freehold-born hitmaker Bruce Springsteen.

Watch the video, which The Daily Caller was provided ahead of its official release Thursday:

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