TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched his first television commercial of this year's gubernatorial campaign.
The Christie campaign is spending $1.2 million to air the 60-second spot in the New York and Philadelphia media markets.
The commercial, titled "Jersey Proud," touts Christie's leadership and bipartisanship during his first term.
Polls show the incumbent Republican leading Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono by 30 points.
Buono responded to Christie's ad buy with an email to supporters asking for donations, noting that contributions would be matched 2 to 1 because she is receiving public matching funds.
Buono has not yet produced a TV commercial. However, an outside group called One New Jersey has run ads targeting the governor.
Neither Christie nor Buono face a serious primary threat.
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Members of the community of the Riverdale section of the Bronx gathered above the site of the crash of a metro-north train to pray for the injured and the dead. Four passengers were killed and more than 60 injured when the commuter train heading to Manhattan from Poughkeepsie derailed Sunday morning near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
Commuters who rely on Metro-North trains to get to and from New York City will need to make adjustments to their regular travel plans. Expect reduced service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers following Sunday's deadly train derailment in the Bronx.