Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Launches 2024 Presidential Race

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at a New Hampshire town hall.

In an unconventional and contrite speech, Christie said, “I cannot guarantee you success in what I am about to do. But I guarantee you that in the end. You will have no doubt in your mind, who I am and what I stand for and if I deserve it.

Christie filed documents with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday afternoon. He announced his presidential run hours later at a town hall held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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The pugilist politician joins the primary as a rank outsider but promises a campaign with a singular focus: to lead the fight against Donald Trump, the former president who left office in disgrace after the Jan. 6 attack on Congress but who is the clear favorite to face Joe Biden again at the polls.

Such is Trump’s dominance of Republican polls — in which he leads his closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by wide margins — others in the field have been slow to turn their fire on Trump.

Among the declared but not very popular candidates are former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina senator Tim Scott, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson and Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur.

While Christie insisted he was “not a paid assassin”, the 60-year-old is certainly a seasoned brawler.

“The reason I’m going after Trump is twofold. One, he deserves it. And two, it’s the way to win,” Christie said at the town hall. He also compared Trump to Voldemort from the Harry books Potter.

Christie’s claims to fame include leaving office in New Jersey amid a political clawback scandal involving traffic on the George Washington Bridge in New York, then leaving the senator’s 2016 presidential campaign Florida’s Marco Rubio to pieces after a clash at the Debate Stadium for the Ages.

Christie was quick to drop that campaign, then just as quickly to endorse the undisputed frontrunner. He remained loyal despite an abrupt firing as Trump’s transition coordinator, fueled by old feuds with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and only broke with Trump after the attack on the Capitol.

In New Hampshire, Christie led her ad with an apology. “I’m not perfect,” he said, “I’ve made mistakes.”

Recently, Christie worked for ABC News as a political analyst, refining her turn of phrase. Speaking to Politico, he insisted he was serious about winning the primary.

“I’m not a hitman,” he said. “When you wake up to your 45th morning at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester [New Hampshire]You better think you can win, because that walk from bed to shower, if you don’t think you can win, it’s hard.

He also said that Trump “needs to be called out and… needs to be called out by someone who knows him.” Nobody knows Donald Trump better than me. »

Trump took his own workout swings.

“I hear Chris Christie coming,” Trump told Fox News at an Iowa town hall. “He was 6% in New Jersey…I love New Jersey, but the 6% approval rating in New Jersey. What is the point ? And he votes zero.

Most observers believe that Christie’s second presidential campaign will struggle to last as long as the first. But not everyone thinks he will drop out without leaving his mark.

In The Washington Post, columnist Jennifer Rubin said that Christie, after following Trump and then abandoning him, “can help create a logic (what psychologists call an ‘authorization structure’) that allows Republicans who voted for Trump to move on.”

Rubin also said Christie could be a “truth-teller who can force Republicans to face reality…and, as a bonus, Christie could be the right person to take down the race’s other bully: DeSantis.”

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