#Politics: Chris Christie has officially announced his 2016 presidential bid

Posted on June 24, 2015

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by Bradley Matthews, editing by Adam MS

Development (Tuesday, 6/30):

LIVINGSTON, New Jersey — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the infamous straight-talker and outspoken Republican, threw his hat into the ring as the party’s 14th official presidential candidate on Tuesday in front of a crowd of supporters in his hometown.

“Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the republican nomination for president of the United States,” he said, accompanied by his wife, four kids and a crowd of supporters packed into his high school’s small gymnasium.

On his choice to announce his campaign in Livingston, Christie said the choice was a natural one. “Why here? Because everything started here for me,” said Christie. Photos of Christie and his 1980s state champion baseball team adorned the halls just outside the gym.

Speaking from notes on a podium with a microphone in one hand, Christie assailed Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., telling supporters, “Both parties have failed our country” and, “We have a president in Washington who ignores the Congress and a Congress that ignores the president.”

CCP“If Washington and Adams and Jefferson had believed compromise was a dirty word, we’d still be under the crown of England,” he added.

Noting that Americans weren’t angry, but anxious, Christie said, “Anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership and decisiveness to lead America again.”

Outside, environmentalists gathered on the front lawn holding signs against the state’s controversial bear hunt and teachers union members demanded the governor, who has long been a target for his cuts to the education budget and pensions, resign from his post.

Christie remains a divisive character in his home state, where he has come under fire for cutting teacher’s pensions and his involvement in the Bridge-gate scandal that saw top Christie aides allegedly plot a campaign of revenge against a local mayor by closing several lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

(Initial reporting on Wednesday, 6/24)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could announce a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as early as next week, Politico reported Tuesday evening.

Christie said earlier this month that he would announce his 2016 decision in June, noting that he’s no “wallflower” and would make his plans known. On the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in late April, Christie said his announcement would come in May or June.

While Christie has long been seen as a potential 2016 contender, the governor’s standing in his home state has taken a hit. Earlier Tuesday, a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind showed Christie has an approval rating of just 30% among Garden State voters. Fifty-five percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Christie’s job performance, according to the poll.

Despite the lackluster poll numbers, Christie has been traveling the country in anticipation of an expected 2016 campaign. If Christie runs for president, he would join a crowded Republican field. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to launch his own presidential bid Wednesday in Kenner, Louisiana.

(image:AP)

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