New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) announced on June 30, 2015 that he was running for President. His announcement took place long before his Twitter account declared the announcement, sent out at 3:20 pm CST:

His formal announcement was delivered earlier in the day at Livingston High School, his alma mater, in Livingston, New Jersey, where he took the stage in front of supporters and gave a speech in which he outlined his motivation for a run:

“America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office. We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval office and that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America.”

Full video of speech:


Full text of the speech here.


In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Christie becomes 14th candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including fellow current governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), former Governors Rick Perry (R-TX), Jeb Bush (R-FL), Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and real estate mogul Donald Trump as declared Republican candidates.

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