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Long Valley: Christie Should Finish Things Here First

Washington Twp. area residents weigh-in on New Jersey governor's decision on run for the White House.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was expected to announce today at 1 p.m. that

Washington Township officials and residents alike have weighed in with their thoughts on the decision and how it will effect New Jersey–and the country–going forward.

Morris County Freeholder and Washington Township resident Margaret Nordstrom (R) wasn't too upset with the governor's choice, saying "I think it's the right move for New Jersey," Nordstrom said. "He's put the state on the right track. It's really, really important that he continues to do this work for New Jersey–I can't stress that enough."

Washington Township Mayor Ken Short shared Nordstrom's sentiments, saying he was a major supporter of the governor, but would like to see him continue his efforts in the Garden State.

"I don't think his heart is in it (to run)," Short said. "I'd like to see him on a national level, and he would have my full support, but he's doing so much great work in our state. He's taken the bureaucracy out of politics, and he just gets things done."

Christie, who has made major reforms to state employee health and benefit programs, didn't get the same support from Washington Township Police Det. Thomas Falleni, .

"I think it would have been good for New Jersey to get him out of here," Falleni said. "But I think he's a one-term governor anyway. Our economy is crashing more each day."

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