New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially announced Tuesday he’s in the race for the White House. Christie is the 14th Republican to run for his party’s Presidential nomination in 2016. He is leaving his job as governor to campaign.
“It’s official. I’m running for President.” Christie tweeted on June 30, 2015. He made a formal announcement at his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey on Tuesday in a town-hall setting, according to the New York Times.
“I’m gonna tell the truth as I see it,” Christie told Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
“America needs someone who has actually had the experience of running a government,” Christie tweeted. The former governor explains how he, as a Republican governor, dealt with a Democrat-controlled legislature and Hurricane Sandy in his state in a YouTube video at #TellItLikeItis.
Christie, 52, is a New Jersey native and was born in Newark. He graduated from the University of Delaware and studied political science. Christie received his J.D. law degree from Seton Hall University. His political career started with an unsuccessful run for state assembly. Christie also fundraised for George W. Bush and was a speaker at the Republican National Convention in 2012. President Bush appointed Christie as the United States District Attorney in New Jersey where Christie went after corrupt officials in both parties. Christie became the state’s governor in January 2010.
His wife is Mary Pat. The couple have 4 children.
Sources: Chris Christie Twitter, http://www.biography.com