New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced today at his old high school that he will run for president joining a crowded GOP field of more than one dozen candidates including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Christie won office in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Prior to that, he was U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Christie, who was head of the Republican Governors Association in 2014, campaigned for Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election in Florida and the RGA contributed millions to Scott’s campaign. In June, Christie was one of several GOP presidential hopefuls to speak at Scott’s economic summit in Orlando. So far, Scott has not endorsed any of the candidates running for president.
Christie’s image has been tarnished over the Bridgegate scandal related to the closing of lanes on the first day of school on the George Washington Bridge. Two allies of Christie were indicted and a third pleaded guilty. Officials were accused of orchestrating the traffic jam to get back at a mayor who did not support Christie’s re-election. Christie has denied knowledge of the situation.
PolitiFact has fact-checked Christie 92 times including a Pants on Fire claim related to Bridgegate. PolitiFact recently gave Christie a Full Flop for changing his stance on Common Core, which he now opposes.