The New Jersey governor announced his decision to run mere moments ago.
The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, officially announced that he will be running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. As governor, Christie oversaw numerous changes (both positive and negative) to the state, and most notably, reached across the aisle to provide help and services to New Jersey residents after Superstorm Sandy. However, he now stands less of a chance than he used to after some negative publicity foiled his chances. Now he is simply another name instead of a frontrunner.
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According to the New York Times, Christie's prestige both in state and out of it has fallen in the last few years due to a failing economy, the schools, and of course the problem facing Bridgegate. Today, nearly 55% of Americans (republicans specifically) do not see Chris Christie as presidential.
Still, the announcement occurred today at Christie's old high school, where many friends and supporters did band together to support their man.
The announcement was helped by the Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, and he said:
"When Chris Christie is in charge, you know he's in charge," he chanted.
Bramnick called Christie's entry into the race:
"Great for America and great for New Jersey. If you were the president of the high school council, there's nothing better than coming back to your hometown high school," he said. "There's no place like home."
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In fact, the announcement itself was plagued with many problems. More than 100 protesting Christie's expected announcement have set up outside Livingston High School chanting for teachers' pensions among other issues. It's going to be a long day as we hear from many national and local politicians and other political pundits as well as, of course, Christie.