Chris Christie Announces Presidential Bid, Doesn’t Break Internet

The reaction to Christie’s declaration is not overwhelming.

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On Tuesday morning, Chris Christie, the brash and gruff scandal-tainted governor of New Jersey, announced he was officially entering the GOP race for president. Flanked by his wife Mary Pat Foster and his four kids, Christie hit the stage at his high school alma mater to Bon Jovi’s “We Weren’t Born To Follow,” and he declared, “We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solutions.”

Once upon a time, Christie was widely regarded as a potential leader of the GOP pack; he was a favorite of Republican-leaning billionaires (Koch Brothers and others) and a GOPer who could boast success in a Democratic state. His entry into the contest would have been major news. But after Bridgegate and various economic setbacks in New Jersey, he’s fighting for to be at the top of the second tier. (There are now 14 contenders officially in the race.) A recent poll found that only 4 percent of Republican voters want to see Christie as president. And his announcement hardly set the Internet on fire.

Here’s some of the immediate reaction on Twitter, which was, to tell it like it is, a bit underwhelming:

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Laura Ingraham

Ted Cruz

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Mark Murray

Nate Silver

Fortune

Deborah Wasserman Schultz

Seton Hall Law

Mashable

Chris Christie has gone from telling people to sit down and shut up to having to ask them for attention.

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