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Brash fmr. GOP governor to launch presidential campaign next week, report says

Then-Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
May 31, 2023

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to launch his campaign for president next week, joining the growing number of Republican primary challengers taking on former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Christie will reportedly announce his presidential bid in New Hampshire on Tuesday during a town hall at Saint Anselm College.

“A non-traditional campaign that is highly focused on earned media, mixing it up in the news cycle and engaging Trump,” a person familiar with the plans told told the Daily Caller. “Will not be geographic dependent, but nimble.”

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Christie’s campaign will focus on a message of optimism in an effort to attract the United States’ “exhausted majority.” The former governor also plans to be outspoken and bold when it comes to criticizing Trump, the source said.

Brian Jones, who previously served as an advisor to both John McCain and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, will run the Tell It Like It Is PAC in support of Christie.

“Governor Christie has proven he’s unafraid to tell it like it is and is willing to confront the hard truths that currently threaten the future of the Republican Party,” Jones said in a statement. “Now more than ever we need leaders that have the courage to say not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear.”

Christie previously said nominating Trump would be “bad for the Republican Party” and would lead to a Democrat victory in 2024.

In addition to Trump and Christie, other Republicans who have thrown their hat in the ring include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, popular conservative Larry Elder, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

 This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.