Chris Christie Launches 2016 Presidential Campaign

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his presidential campaign at Livingston High School, his alma mater. His classmates selected him class president more than 35 years ago, and he returned to the school on Tuesday to formally announce his run for higher office.

Christie has an uphill path to the nomination. He joins the Republican presidential field as the 14th major candidate, and a pair of governors is expected to announce next month. He finished ninth in RealClearPolitics' average of polls, and 11th in Fox News' most recent national poll, which places him behind candidates such as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Donald Trump.

Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist and veteran of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, told the Washington Examiner Christie has to hit a number of notes just right in order to remain competitive in the increasingly crowded field.

"The first step is he's got to make it to the debate stage or his candidacy's sunk, if it's not sunk already," O'Connell said. "He's got to get on the debate stage to get off life support."

O'Connell said Christie's bid looks similar to McCain's campaign in 2007, in that the governor will need to rely heavily on New Hampshire in order to gain momentum and craft a path to the nomination. Christie heads to New Hampshire this evening, and will reportedly remain in the state through the July 4th holiday.

Read more from Ryan Lovelace at The Washington Examiner

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