June 30, 2015 LIVINGSTON, N.J.-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 presidential bid in his high school gymnasium Tuesday, setting up a classic battle of Republican establishment choices between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, should he enter the race for the presidency. Christie, a tough-talking conservative with a brash style of politics that have gotten him in trouble in the past, promises to “tell it like it is” with bold solutions tackling issues such as immigration, entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare, tax reform, which is crucial in Republican politics.
Christie, 52, was the establishment favorite of the Republican Party from late 2012 to early 2014 due to his classic tough-talking style and his brilliant re-election in 2013, winning 60 percent of the vote in a blue Northeastern state that typically votes Democratic in presidential elections. Christie defeated former state Sen. Barbara Buono in 2013.
Since then, Christie faced legal and political battles and scandal, especially “Bridgegate”, in which his aides were accused of retaliating against West New York, N.J. mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his re-election campaign, in which the aides ordered closing lanes at the toll plaza at the George Washington Bridge. Christie, has said he has no knowledge of the closures that occurred in September 2013. Since then, New Jersey has been in economic despair, with a flailing budget and high unemployment, and Christie’s low approval ratings have not helped either.
Christie will campaign in the crucial early primary state of New Hampshire, for a few days. Christie has already campaigned in New Hampshire over the past few months and most political pundits have claimed that Christie should do well in New Hampshire to have some momentum in his lagging campaign.