Gov. Chris Christie says his regular appearances on syndicated television shows will generate positive publicity for the state.Christie says New Jersey's image was being shaped by the "The Sopranos" and the reality shows "Jersey Shore" and the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" when he became governor in 2010.

Christie, who has become a national figure in his three years as governor, says people now have a more positive image of the state.

The Republican has slow-jammed the news with Fallon, munched a donut with David Letterman and last week taped a segment for Michael J. Fox's forthcoming show.

His opponent in the governor's race, Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, has criticized Christie for being more intent on building his national brand than governing the state.

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