Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday that he’s running for president in 2024.
Christie, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, had been dropping hints of a potential run for months, with his allies forming a super PAC in late May to help support his imminent candidacy. The former two-term governor announced he’s seeking the Republican nomination, according to his speech at a Saint Anselm College town hall in New Hampshire.
Christie’s campaign will be “non-traditional” and will zero in on “engaging Trump,” a source familiar previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The frequent Trump critic will position himself as the candidate who isn’t afraid to speak his mind or criticize the former president.
The former governor came out against Trump following his allegations that there was election fraud when he lost to Joe Biden in 2020, to which Christie argued there wasn’t evidence of. Prior to his announcement, he began presenting himself as the “viable Trump alternative” and said that’s why he “intends to be the nominee.”
The outside fundraising group Tell It Like It Is PAC will be run by Brian Jones, a former adviser to both John McCain and Mitt Romney’s presidential bids. Republican National Committee member Bill Palatucci will chair the super PAC and Christie-aide Russ Shriefer will be the senior adviser for the group.
“Governor Christie has proven he’s unafraid to tell it like it is and is willing to confront the hard truths that currently threaten the future of the Republican Party,” Jones said in a statement provided to the DCNF. “Now more than ever we need leaders that have the courage to say not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear.”
The former governor was initially elected in 2009, where he unseated incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine 48.5% to 44.9%, and won re-election in 2013 by over 20 points, according to Ballotpedia. Christie withdrew from the 2016 Republican primaries after coming in sixth in New Hampshire with only 7.4% support and later endorsed Trump for president.
The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average for the 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between May 8 and May 22, indicates that Christie has 1% support.
Along with the former president, Christie enters an increasingly growing Republican primary field with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and conservative radio personality Larry Elder. Former Vice President Mike Pence and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum are expected to announce their candidacies Wednesday.
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