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Rockefeller, a five-term Democrat, says Ms. Capito called him last week and told him of her plans.

The 75-year-old Rockefeller did not say whether he plans to run in 2014. He and the state Democratic Party’s chairman instead referred to how West Virginians have gone through seven elections in less than three years. Rockefeller said he’s focusing on the federal budget and other pressing issues.

Ms. Capito won her seventh term Nov. 6. The former state legislator chairs a House Financial Services subcommittee.


Governor insists he’s not thinking about 2016

MADISON — Plenty of Republicans are talking about a possible presidential run by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Mr. Walker insists he’s not one of them.

Mr. Walker said Monday he’s focused on putting together the next state budget and his job as governor, not a presidential run in 2016.

Mr. Walker was elected in 2010 and shot to stardom in the GOP with his fight to eliminate most public workers’ union rights. His proposal sparked massive protests at the state Capitol, as well as a June recall election that Mr. Walker won handily.

He says after two elections in two years, he’s just happy to be working as governor.

Mr. Walker also says he hasn’t talked to former Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, a close friend, about whether he’ll run.


Christie files election papers for second term

MIDDLETOWN — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced he will seek re-election to a second term.

Mr. Christie says he want New Jerseyans to know that he’s “in this for the long haul” as he leads the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

The governor confirms he filed election papers during a trip to Middletown to thank first responders and volunteers who have helped in storm recovery efforts.

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