(CNN) – Republican Chris Christie touts his bipartisan record as governor of New Jersey in the first television commercial of his 2013 re-election bid.
Christie's campaign says they'll spend $1.2 million to run the 60-second spot, titled "Jersey Proud," starting Wednesday in the expensive New York City and Philadelphia markets, which cover most of the Garden State.
"Four years ago, New Jersey was broken: runaway spending, the nation's highest taxes, and unemployment on the rise. Then we elected Chris Christie. He made the tough decisions to get New Jersey back on track. Taxes cut. Spending cut. Government made smaller and smarter. A real property tax cap. Working with Democrats and Republicans, believing that as long as you stick to your principles, compromise isn't a dirty word," says the narrator in the ad.
"The result: Four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes for anyone. The best job growth in 12 years. Nearly 130,000 new private sector jobs. Merit pay to reward New Jersey's best teachers. And the most education funding, ever. But the most important thing he did has little to do with numbers, statistics or even politics: He made us proud to say we're from New Jersey. Chris Christie. The governor," continues the narrator.
Christie ousted Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009 in a state that Democrats dominate. Thanks to his well-received response to Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into New Jersey's coast last October, Christie's poll numbers soared. The most recent polls indicate he has a more than two-to-one advantage over New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger, in the November showdown.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only states to hold gubernatorial elections in the year after a presidential contest.