New Jersey governor Chris Christie has been perhaps the most visible campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, making the case that Romney is the most electable Republican in the race and pushing hard for the man he endorsed after declaring, once again and finally, that he wouldn't run himself. Now, Christie is starting to campaign himself for an election that is more than 18 months out—in November 2013. In a funny and very clever ad that began running statewide today, his second so far, Christie touts his recent tax cut proposal and reminds voters that he is the man who came in and cleaned up a mess in New Jersey.

CLARIFICATION: The ad is being run by a 501c4 called "Campaign for Our Children's Future." And while it's funded by people supportive of Christie, it is not a Christie campaign ad.

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