Christie filing papers to run for NJ Gov.

January 9, 2009 6:12:28 AM PST
Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie says he's filing papers to run for governor of New Jersey. In an e-mail to supporters, Christie says a formal announcement will come in the first week in February.

The filing allows Christie to start raising money for the 2009 race.

The 46-year-old Republican with a reputation as a corruption-busting prosecutor has been flirting with a gubernatorial bid since resigning as U.S. Attorney Dec. 1.

Christie faces a primary challenge from state Assemblyman Rick Merkt and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine plans to seek re-election.

The e-mail was first reported by The Star-Ledger of Newark on its Web site.