New York Times
By Maggie Haberman
June 30, 2015
Chris Christie will take the stage at his biggest town-hall-style event yet on Tuesday.
With a microphone and a setup reminiscent of the forums that made him famous, the Republican governor of New Jersey will announce that he is running for president in his childhood hometown of Livingston on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Christie’s announcement has been both expected and uncertain after a string of setbacks including the “Bridgegate” investigation, a wobbly state economy and Jeb Bush‘s entrance in the race. Many political operatives believed he might decide to skip the campaign.
Yet Mr. Christie, whom many Republican donors and elected officials urged to run in 2012, is seizing what is very likely his last chance to seek the presidency.
No longer considered a front-runner, Mr. Christie’s path toward raising money is unclear. However, the governor’s aides believe his now-famously brash persona will allow him to rise in a crowded field of candidates criticized as milquetoast or as mired in clashes over issues like same-sex marriage and overhauling immigration.
What makes Mr. Christie stand out — his temperament — has often been his undoing over the years. Whether he can keep the focus on voters, and avoid talking too much about himself while trying to connect with them, remains to be seen.
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