By Callie Krosin
Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie announced his 2024 campaign on June 6 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Christie seeks the GOP nomination for the second time after falling to former President Donald Trump in 2016 in the primary.
Christie served as the Governor between 2010 and 2018. Before that, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He was named as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2011 and 2013.
On the issue of abortion, Christie told Anderson Cooper in a CNN town hall, “What I stand for, Anderson, is what conservatives have been arguing for for 50 years, which is that Roe [v. Wade] was wrong, there’s no federal constitutional right to an abortion and that the states should decide. And I absolutely believe that each state should make their decision on this.”
According to CNBC, RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler, Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown, veteran lobbyist David Tamasi, former Trump U.S. ambassador to Italy and hedge fund co-founder Lewis Eisneberg, and former Northern Virginia Technology Council CEO Bobbie Kilberg have given money to support Christie.
In order to reach the debate stage, candidates must garner 40,000 unique donors, and 1% support in three qualifying polls. Christie passed the donor threshold in 35 days.
FiveThirtyEight shows Christie averaging 3.8%, a 0.8% raise since August 15. The most recent poll from Rasmussen Reports revealed 9% support for the former New Jersey governor in the GOP Primary, a tie with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.