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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 of most influential people in the world.

The magazine released its annual list Thursday.

A 9-year-old who Christie befriended after Superstorm Sandy wrote the accompanying essay about Christie.

Fourth-grader Ginjer Doherty recounted how the governor “told me not to worry — that my parents would take care of everything — and he looked very serious and sad, and he cried. He said he would be back to help out town.”

The 50-year-old Republican is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2016.

Christie also made the list in 2011.

Christie was featured on the cover of Time in January, but complained at the time about a close-up photo captioned with the words “the boss.”

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