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Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

4 years 11 months 6 days ago Tuesday, June 30 2015 Jun 30, 2015 June 30, 2015 10:37 AM June 30, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jill Colvin, Steve Peoples

LIVINGSTON, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

He says both political parties "have failed our country" in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.

Christie was once thought to be a leading White House contender, but his star has faded over the last year. He's been hurt by a traffic scandal involving senior aides and a lagging state economy.

He joins a GOP field that already includes more than a dozen candidates.

Christie heads to New Hampshire later in the day, where he's planning to campaign through the end of the week.

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