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N J Gov. Christie to an­nounce pres­i­den­tial bid Tues­day

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS -

Repub­li­can New Jersey Gover­nor Chris Christie, who suf­fered in the polls af­ter a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated bridge traf­fic tie-up, will an­nounce on Tues­day he is run­ning for pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to a source fa­mil­iar with his plans.

Christie will join more than a dozen other Repub­li­cans who have de­clared their in­ten­tions to seek the party’s nom­i­na­tion for the Novem­ber 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Christie, known for his brash­ness, has spent time in the past few months in the early vot­ing states of New Hamp­shire and Iowa lay­ing out pol­icy pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing on the econ­omy and na­tional se­cu­rity.

Public ra­dio sta­tion WNYC first re­ported Christie’s planned an­nounce­ment.

The 52-year-old Christie has been a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure in New Jersey pol­i­tics, seen as hon­est and plain spo­ken by sup­port­ers and a bully by de­trac­tors.

The con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the 2013 Ge­orge Washington Bridge lane clo­sure fu­eled views that Christie re­lied on strong-arm pol­i­tics to get his way. In May a for­mer Christie ally pleaded guilty to fed­eral charges re­lated to the scan­dal, while two oth­ers were in­dicted.

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