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Chris Christie presidential campaign, 2016

Chris Christie for President, Inc.
Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2016
Candidate Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey (2010–present)
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced June 30, 2015
Headquarters P.O. Box 225
Colonia, New Jersey
Receipts US$4,208,984[1] (2015-09-30)
Slogan Telling it like it is

The 2016 presidential campaign of Chris Christie, the 55th Governor of New Jersey, began on June 30, 2015 at an event in his hometown of Livingston, New Jersey.[2]


Some political commentators view Christie as a leading contender for the

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See also


As Governor of New Jersey, Christie has received grades of B in 2012[72][73] and B in 2014[74][75] from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, in their biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors.

Fiscal policy

In June 2015, Christie said; "I know there's a lot of perception about my view on gun rights because I'm from New Jersey and because the laws are the way they are, but these laws were being made long before I was governor and no new ones have been made since I've been governor.[70] During his term as governor Christie has vetoed some proposed legislation, re-written others, and signed on bills regulating firearms.[71]


Christie supports the collection of metadata of phone calls of American citizens and denizens by the National Security Agency.[68][69]

NSA domestic surveillance

As governor, In 2010 Christie vetoed $7.5 million in funding for family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, saying the money was duplicative and unaffordable. He vetoed the funding four more times in following years. Christie had repeatedly stated the decision was financial and not one based on his beliefs. In February 2015 he stated.[64] "I'm pro-life, I ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009 unapologetically, spoke at the pro-life rally on the steps of the Statehouse -- the first governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the Statehouse -- and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget." [65] [66][67]

Public funding for family planning clinics

In March 2014, Christie gave a foreign policy speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition also attended by other Republican presidential hopefuls. In it, Christie said that everyone he met in Israel during his visit, wanted America to be an "unblinking, unwavering unquestioning friend" but worried that this was no longer true. He said that he is in the business to win elections and not just arguments, saying "If we want to just have arguments and stand for nothing, we could just form a university." Christie said he was overwhelmed by displays of religious tolerance during his recent trip to Jerusalem and used the term "occupied territories" in reference to lands in dispute. Christie later apologized for the remark, which is rejected by some conservative Zionists and other supporters of Israel who see it as validating Palestinian views.[63]


Christie supports changes in the criminal justice system which addresses disparities in sentencing, particularly for non-violent and drug-related crimes. He acknowledges racial disparities in sentencing.[62]

Prison reform

In response to the 2015 Supreme Court rulings regarding the Affordable Health Care Act (King v. Burwell) and same-sex marriage in the United States (Obergefell v. Hodges), Christie said that the outcomes would have been different if the court had more Christie type judges on the bench.[58][59][60] Christie also said "If you want to know the kind of justices to the Supreme Court that a President Christie would pick, you need to look at one seat on the Supreme Court, and that's the seat of judge Sam Alito."[61]

Supreme Court justices

In a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 14, 2015, Christie proposed significant reforms to federal benefit programs. The proposals included reductions of Social Security benefits for high-income seniors, an expansion of means testing for Medicare recipients, and an increase in the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare.[55] Christie indicated that his proposals would not affect existing retirees or those close to retirement.[56] Christie proposed comprehensive federal entitlement reforms, stating: "In the short term, it is growing the deficit and slowly but surely taking over all of government. In the long term, it will steal our children’s future and bankrupt our nation." Christie's proposals would add means testing for Social Security benefits starting with those who make more than $80,000 per year in non-Social Security income and phasing out Social Security benefits entirely for those with more than $200,000 in other income annually. Similarly, Christie's proposals would increase the sliding scale of means testing for Medicare such that seniors with $85,0000 in annual income would pay 40% of premium costs and those with more than $196,000 in annual income would pay 90% of premium costs. He also proposed raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits by two months each year starting in 2022, until the retirement age reaches 69. He would likewise raise the age for early retirement from 62 to 64. In addition, he proposed raising the eligibility age for Medicare by one month each year so that seniors would be eligible for benefits at 67 years of age in 2040 and 69 years of age in 2064. Christie also stated: “Here’s what you’ll learn about me. I have been talking about the growth of entitlements as a big problem, at both the state and federal levels, for a number of years. Not because it is politically popular, but because it is true."[57]

Social Security and Medicare


Chirstie's average standing in polls conducted since the debate will likely permit him to participate in the main stage CNN in September.[53] Christie ranked 10th in qualifying polls.[54]

Polling has created uncertainty about Christie qualifying for participation in the jointly sponsored Fox News-Facebook Republican Party presidential debate, the first of the election cycle, on August 6, 2015, which allows for the 10 highest-polling politicians to participate.[46][47][48][49] Christie claimed he would qualify.[50] The methodology used for inclusion is not known.[51] Christie placed ninth in the polls, qualifying for a place.[52]


[45] The

Christie regularly makes use of the state police helicopter for official and unofficial business, for which his campaign partially reimburses the state.[40][41]

“We’re going to continue to conduct this in the same way I’ve always conducted it,” Christie said. New Jerseyeans are overwhelmingly opposed to paying for the Executive Protection Unit for Christie's campaign.[39]

Between 2010–2014, the state police billed the state $1million. There have also been more than $800,000 in credit-card expenses related to political and private trips made by the governor,[32][33][34] which the administration has refused to make public.[35][36] Costs to taxpayers for the first quarter of 2015 were $185,000.[37][38]

Christie has said that his campaign will not reimburse the state for the tax-payer funded New Jersey State Police security detail which travels with him on campaign trips.[30][31]

New Jersey State Police security detail

Christie began his campaign with a stop in Maine where he met with Maine Governor Paul LePage, who is the first sitting Republican governor to offer an endorsement for any of the party’s 2016 presidential candidates. Calling LePage’s endorsement an honor, Christie said, “To receive an endorsement from someone who knows what it’s like to run a blue state, who knows what it’s like to make tough decisions, who knows what it’s like to engage in hand-to-hand combat to try to get things done for the people who elect you – to get an endorsement from Paul LePage today is an incredible honor."[29]

Christie formally launched his 2016 presidential campaign on June 30, 2015 at his high school in Livingston, New Jersey.[25] He previously launched his campaign website on June 27.[26] At the announcement he said both political parties "have failed our country" in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.[27] "I am now ready to fight for the people," Christie said in his announcement speech. "I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency of the United States of America."[28]

Campaign launch

The political action committee Leadership Matters was launched January 25, 2015.[19] in order to raise funds and set the groundwork for what Time magazine called "a likely 2016 presidential campaign".[20][21] The America Leads super PAC, headed by Phil Cox, was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 23, 2015.[22][23] As of mid-July the latter had raised $11million.[24]

Political action committees

On November 21, 2013, Christie was elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association[16] Christie campaigned extensively on behalf of Republican governors who are up for re-election.[17] The association raised $117million during his chairmanship. The largest donors were Koch industries and David H. Koch, which together gave $3.5million, and Sheldon Adelson, who donated $3.5million.[18]

Republican Governors Association

Christie contemplated running for president in the 2012 election, but ultimately declined to do so. He was vetted, but not chosen, by Mitt Romney as potential vice-presidential candidate.The Romney campaign was reported to have asked him to resign his governorship if he became the vice-presidential nominee because "pay to play" laws restrict campaign contributions from financial corporation executives to governors running for federal office when the companies do business with the governor's state.[12] A memo from the campaign attributed Romney's decision not to choose Christie as his running mate, in part to unanswered questions during the vetting process regarding a defamation lawsuit following Christie's initial campaign for Morris County Freeholder, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Christie's brother, as well as his weight.[13][14] Christie gave the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention.[15]

2012 presidential election, Romney, convention

In an interview on Fox News on March 31, 2014, Christie stated that he is still in "decision-making process" regarding a possible run in 2016, and forwarded the names of Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan as his top three GOP candidate choices.[11]


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