New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president, telling his most loyal supporters that he's ready to begin what he called a “noble” effort to “lead our country and to change the world.”
The Republican governor kicked off his campaign Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of his old high school in the town of Livingston, New Jersey, where he experienced some of his first political victories in student politics.
“The idea of going back to where you were when you were 15, or 16, or 17 years old, and to be able to stand in front of that group of people and offer yourself to the presidency is a really, really amazing moment,” Christie said in a private call with donors, friends and out-of-state supporters a few hours before his official announcement.
Christie called on them to “to have confidence” going forward. He said he was “ready to go” and excited “to begin what I hope is going to be a really noble and successful effort to try to lead our country and to change the world.”
Christie is aiming to reintroduce himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans and then try to climb back.
Four years ago, some of Christie's backers tried to persuade him to challenge President Barack Obama. In the years since, he won re-election with ease, but also struggled to revive the state's moribund economy and fought with the state's Democratic-controlled legislature over pensions and the state budget.