Gov. Chris Christie has asked his lieutenant governor for four more years.

Christie announced through a news release Tuesday from his campaign that he will run with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno when he seeks re-election as governor in 2013.

“After being able to sit down and speak with Kim, I am thrilled that she is going to be part of the team as we seek to serve the people of New Jersey for another four years,” Christie said in the release.

The Republican governor said Guadagno has played a unique and invaluable role as the state’s main economic development advocate “on behalf of our people, our homegrown talent and our resources.”

While in office, the governor has given Guadagno authority to oversee the

administration’s economic development efforts. She has stayed mostly in his background, but the lieutenant governor’s post could soon get more attention due to speculation that if Christie is re-elected, he could leave office early to mount a presidential bid in 2016.

Guadagno was in South Jersey on Friday to tour parts of the Downbeach section of Absecon Island, where she focused on the effects flooding from Hurricane Sandy had on businesses and called for building up dune systems along the shoreline.

Christie announced last week he would run for re-election in November.

When asked then if Guadagno would again be his running mate, Christie said he had not had a chance to discuss the idea with her.

But they apparently met in recent days, and Christie says he’s “thrilled that she is going to be part of the team.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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