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Chris Christie enters 2024 Republican primary

Christie made the announcement at a small venue in New Hampshire, a key primary battleground state.

Published: June 6, 2023 7:31pm

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered the 2024 Republican primary on Tuesday, pitting him once again against former President Donald Trump.

During his discussion with town hall attendees, Christie emphasized the need for a leader to admit their shortcomings and mistakes, saying "[n]ot only am I not the perfect candidate. I am far from the perfect person."

"We're no better and no worse than any of you. We are you," he said of political leaders.

Christie made the announcement at a small venue in New Hampshire, a key primary battleground state. He previously ran in 2016 but dropped out before the conclusion of the primary contest.

He spent much of his time warning of the dangers of America withdrawing from international affairs, invoking American participation in World War II and former President Ronald Reagan's rhetorical potshots at the Soviet Union. He later fielded audience questions.

Christie filed the paperwork to run earlier on Tuesday and has confirmed his run on Twitter, saying "I’m running for President of the United States because the truth still matters. We need leaders that are willing to stand up and tell it like it is."

The New Jersey Republican will join Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy, and radio personality Larry Elder. Former Vice President Mike Pence has filed the paperwork to run.

 Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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