New Jersey’s Chris Christie enters GOP field

From the gymnasium at Livingston High School, where he graduated in 1980, New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced his intent to seek the GOP nomination for the White House.

In his 20-minute announcement, Christie stated:

“We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulties of the solution,” he said inside a gymnasium here at the high school where he was once class president.  “After seven years of a weak and feckless foreign policy, we better not turn it over to his second mate, Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Christie said. “Americans are not angry. Americans are filled with anxiety,” Mr. Christie said, adding: “I’m here to tell you that anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership and decisiveness to lead America again.”

Christie, a two-term governor and known as a political pugilist, faces an uphill battle. In New Jersey, his approval rating lingers at 30% and he has done little to endear himself to the conservative base: Christie rejects a large portion of the GOP social platform by assuming unpopular positions on gun control, gay marriage and abortion.

Under Christie’s leadership of the Garden State, job creation remains low, the state’s credit rating has been downgraded 9 times and the governor has been dogged by a messy scandal over the closure of the George Washington Bridge. Worse, Christie’s poll numbers rank him among the lower half of current GOP candidates with roughly 4%.