Christie tells supporters he's running for president

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Gov. Chris Christie, in His Own Words

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has told his most loyal supporters that he's running for president.

The Republican governor held a conference call with donors, friends and out-of-state supporters Tuesday morning before his official launch event at his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey.

Christie said, "Going back to where you were when you were 15, or 16, or 17 years old, and to be able to stand in front of that group of people and offer yourself to the presidency is a really, really amazing moment."

He also asked supporters to have confidence in him and work hard on his behalf.

The Republican governor faces a difficult road to the GOP nomination in a crowded field that now numbers 14 major candidates, with two more expected to join next month.

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Christie tells supporters he's running for president

Business mogul Donald Trump (R)

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (D)

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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Maryland (R)

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R)

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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (R)

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (R)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York (D)

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Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (R)

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

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Former CEO, Businesswoman Carly Fiorina of California (R)

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (R)

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Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)

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Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R)

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D)

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)

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Ohio Governor John Kasich (R)

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R)

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