Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider, a Democrat, publicly endorsed Gov. Chris Christie in Pier Village on Monday.
"He knows I'm a mayor of a town with 45,000 people, he doesn't care that I'm a Democrat," he said. "Party lines don't always matter."
Schneider said he has voted for Democrats during his 22 years as mayor of the city.
"We need somebody who doesn't care about the next job," Schneider said. "We need someone who cares about doing this job well. I'm happy and proud to endorse for governor, Gov. Chris Christie."
Schneider recently said the work Christie's administration did with the response to Hurricane Irene and said Sandy in the past two years and has earned his respect. He also said Christie's criticism of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for holding up Hurricane Sandy Aid, also led to his endorsement.
Christie agreed that party lines are not bigger than the problems the state is facing after Hurricane Sandy.
"The problems in NJ are more important than any political label we wear," Christie said. "When the storm him, nobody cared if the person helping you was a Republican or a Democrat."
Christie thanked Schneider for his support and others who do not look at party lines.
"I can't thank Adam enough, nobody finds it easy to step across political lines," Christie said. "He's stepped forward to say he believes I am best person to finish the job in New Jersey."