Former Republican Governor of New Jersey chris christie presented his documentation before the Federal Election Commission establishing his candidacy for the Presidency for the Republican Party for the 2024 election on Tuesday and will make his formal announcement that evening at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
Christie, a moderate Republican, was also a candidate in the 2016 Republican primary. but then suffered the impact of the so-called “Bridgegate” case, which occurred when two Christie aides who were found guilty in 2017 of conspiracy, fraud, misuse of public infrastructure and violation of the civil rights of citizens.
Christie’s aides prosecuted for the sudden closure, in September 2013, of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge, which links Fort Lee in New Jersey to Upper Manhattan in New York, creating extensive traffic congestion on the New Jersey side for four days.
It later emerged that the partial closure of the bridge came as a political retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat. for failing to support Governor Christie in his re-election campaign.
The scandal put Christie in the eye of the hurricane, whose name had come to sound then as his party’s favorite for the primaries, in which Donald Trump finally prevailed.
After leaving the position of governor of New Jersey in 2018, Christie was hired by the ABC network as a political analyst, given his closeness to Trump, with whom he broke definitively when the New York businessman questioned the cleanliness of the 2020 elections.
Christie became the director of Trump’s transition team when he was elected president, although he ended up being replaced by then-vice president-elect Mike Pence amid the “Bridgegate” scandal.
Prior to the presentation of his candidacy, the creation of a Political Action Committee (PAC) was announced that financially supports his political aspirations and that has been baptized “Tell It Like It Is” (Say it as it is).
This PAC is chaired by William P. Palatucci, a long-time adviser to Christie and a member of the National Committee of the Republican Party.
Her entry into the Republican primary adds to an already packed field that includes the former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina governor. Nikki Haley, the senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and the former governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson.
Former Vice President Mike Pence filed documents with the Federal Election Commission on Monday ahead of a planned announcement speech on Wednesday, and also North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is expected to publicly launch his candidacy the same day.
Christie has supported US assistance in the Ukraine war, taking a stance similar to that of Haley, Pence and Scott. That contrasts with the skepticism about American involvement expressed by Trump and DeSantis.
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Source: La Opinion