Chris Christie is running for president, and here's what you need to know
Here we go again, folks. Yet another presidential hopeful has thrown their hat in the ring, and this time it’s New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie.
Christie is known for his straight-talking, no-nonsense approach to politics, and he hopes he can parlay this direct sensibility into the Republican nomination for 2016.
Christie has served in the government for almost 13 years, and he told supporters in his old high school earlier today, “America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office,” he said. “We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval Office. And that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.”
Christie is a super charismatic, a big personality, and was, at one time, a GOP fave. Never one to aim small, Gov. Christie told attendees at his rally that he’s out, “to change the world.” His popularity has slipped in recent months, and the poll numbers are at an all time low, but, the Governor told supporters, “I’m ready to go on what I hope is going to be a really noble and successful effort to try to lead our country and to change the world.”
And how does Governor Christie plan to go about this noble effort? Here’s a cheat sheet as to where he stands on the important issues.
The Governor acknowledges the existence of climate change and believes that humans are contributing to the growing problems. However, as the New York Times explains, “he withdrew New Jersey from a regional cap-and-trade program intended to limit carbon emissions that cause global warming.” His belief in climate change puts him at odds with many others in his party who still don’t believe in its existence. However, he has not made clear what he would do to combat it (if anything at all).
Christie believes in amnesty for illegal immigrants and has expressed support for a pathway to citizenship. Unlike more conservative Republicans, he is not as strident about border patrols. In fact as the New York Times explains, in 2014, “ he signed into law a measure letting illegal immigrants pay in-state college tuition rates if they have lived in New Jersey for three years and have graduated from a high school in the state.”
Christie has been vocally against the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) but he did expand New Jersey’s Medicare under the policy. He has previously said, “I think ObamaCare was a mistake. And I’ve said that right from the beginning. I think it’s a failed policy.”
The New Jersey governor believes in the traditional definition of marriage and has been negative about couples seeking same-sex marriage. In 2012, he vetoed a bill that would have allowed it. Conversely, the next year, “he dropped a state challenge to a court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey, calling it ‘futile.’”
Christie was widely known for his support of the Common Core education strategies, but then later backed off the new math and English proficiencies, saying they were, “simply not working.” This has led many to criticize the candidate of “flip-flopping” to pander to conservative criticism surrounding the Common Core implementation.
The governor is unapologetically pro-life and famously signed a ban on abortions after the 20th week. The Political Guide quotes him as proclaiming, “I am pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That’s my position, take it or leave it.”
Here are a few things you might also consider about Governor Christie, according to CBS News.
1. He became embattled in Bridgegate, a scandal that suggested he disrupted traffic patterns to punish his political foes.
2. Christie was once considered a frontrunner, but the embattled governor has faced one challenge after another.
3. The Governor has faced intense criticism from the GOP establishment for being “too close to Obama.”
4. He’s not afraid to speak his mind and is infamous for his short temper with reporters, telling them to “sit down and shut up,” or “clean the sh*t out your ears.”
Chris Christie is the 14th Republican to announce his attentions, but surely he won’t be the last. Stay tuned for all the info you need to know about how to make an educated decision come November 2016. As always, stay informed, stay engaged, and vote.
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