New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has launched his bid for the United States presidential elections in 2016, promising to bring back ‘strength and authority’ to the Oval Office.
During the launch of his bid, Christie walked up to the stage without a prepared text and vowed to campaign and lead as a ‘colourful teller of hard truths’. He told a gathering of supporters at his alma mater, Livingston High School, “There is one thing you will know for sure: I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” reported The New York Times.
Christie portrayed himself as the only candidate in the Republican field who was ‘forthright and forceful enough’ to run the U.S. He declared that he was not running for the post as surrogate for being elected ‘prom king of America’.
He placed himself ahead of other Republican contenders like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, saying they had never run a state government, unlike him.
While the New Jersey governor reserved his disdain for Congress and President Barack Obama’s stewardship of foreign affairs, he took a jibe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and warned voters that after seven years of weak and feckless foreign policy run by Obama, they “better not turn it over to his second mate, Clinton”.