ABC/Randy Sager(NEW YORK) — Chris Christie is running for president, his campaign announced in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday.
The New Jersey governor is expected to formally declare a candidacy for the White House at his alma mater, Livingston High School in New Jersey, later Tuesday, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race. The tough-talking moderate Republican’s campaign slogan is: “Tell It Like It Is.”
On Saturday, Christie unveiled his presidential campaign site. A day later, a short video was posted showing a more personal side of the governor in a town-hall style setting.
“I get accused a lot of times of being too blunt and too direct and saying what’s on my mind just a little bit too loudly,” Christie says in the video. “I know if my mom were still alive, she would say to me, ‘I taught you that in a trusting relationship, you don’t hold anything back’.”
Christie’s decision to run for the presidency comes after months of speculation as to whether the governor would throw his hat into an already crowded field of GOP candidates.
In the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll last month, 22 percent of Americans see Christie favorably, while 48 percent see him unfavorably.
After Tuesday’s announcement Christie will go on to campaign in New Hampshire for the rest of the week, making stops at a series of town hall meetings and diners, as well as an appearance at the Wolfeboro 4th of July Parade on Saturday.
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