New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is launching a 2020 presidential campaign for a second time, announcing Wednesday he will officially announce his candidacy on Tuesday.
The announcement comes amid a backlash from some in his party, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrats, who have called for him to drop out.
Christie, a Republican, is widely seen as a favorite for the Democratic nomination.
In his announcement, Christie said his “goal is to lead the state of New Jersey into the future and build a new, prosperous, and fairer state.”
“New Jersey is a great state, but the future of New York City and the United States rests on New Jersey’s shoulders,” he said.
“We are a state that believes in innovation, and that’s what I want to bring to Washington.”
Christie’s announcement comes after the former mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka, endorsed him, telling NJ Advance Media, “He’s got the vision and the leadership.
I believe in him.””
I’m a Republican.
I’m a Christie fan.
I’ve been a Christie supporter my entire life,” Baraka said.”
But when I see someone like Christie, I’m like, ‘Whoa, this guy’s going to make me a better person.’
He’s a good person.
He’s got good ideas, and I want him to be my governor.
It’s about creating jobs, it’s about raising taxes, it was about bringing us back from the brink of economic collapse.”
New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said in a statement that he’s “deeply grateful” for Christie’s endorsement, which he called a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
“His strong, steady leadership will be a boon to our state and the nation, and he’s already proven he’s the right man to be the next president,” Murphy said.
In November, Christie, who has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans, announced his candidacy after losing his primary for the White House to Republican rival Donald Trump.
Christie has been criticized for not holding public events or spending time with his family, despite his long career in public service.
“I am honored and humbled to be a candidate for governor of New Hampshire,” Christie said in his announcement.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you, the people of New England and for our great country.”