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Hispanic PAC Endorses Christie for Re-election

March 1, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Chris Christie

The Latino Leadership Alliance PAC of New Jersey this week endorsed Gov. Chris Christie for a second term.

LLA-NJ President Martin Perez released a statement on Feb. 28, that highlighted the governor's attributes, which were contributing factors to the endorsement.

"We met Chris Christie when he became New Jersey's U.S. Attorney," Perez wrote. "His accessibility struck us, and enabled our friendship to develop. We found him to be a good listener, and he showed a genuine interest in getting to know us and our concerns. We also learned that disagreement was forthright but respectful."

The Republican governor has been concentrating on getting his state back on its feet since Hurricance Sandy struck in October 2012. This week Christie extended the deadline for residents to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to April 1.

Christie became the 55th governor of New Jersey in 2010, the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in 12 years.

"Over the last three years, Governor Christie has listened to our concerns, worked closely with us and given us a seat at the table," Perez said in a statement. "There are many complex issues that are of concern to New Jersey's Latino communities, and chief among them are education, immigration, civil rights, health, law, politics, arts and culture.

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"But the Latino community also faces the problems common to all New Jerseians that have been many years in the making," he continued. "The problems that threatened every New Jersey family's quality of life and the simple hopes and expectations that families can grow, prosper and stay in New Jersey."

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