NJ Gov. Chris Christie declares he’s running for president

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LIVINGSTON TWP., NJ - JUNE 30: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, joined by his family, announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School on June 30, 2015 in Livingston Twp., New Jersey. Christie made the announcement in the gymnasium of his alma mater, becoming the 14th candidate to join the Republican field. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

LIVINGSTON, N.J.  — The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

He says both political parties “have failed our country” in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.

Christie was once thought to be a leading White House contender, but his star has faded over the last year. He’s been hurt by a traffic scandal involving senior aides and a lagging state economy.

He joins a GOP field that already includes more than a dozen candidates.

Christie heads to New Hampshire later in the day, where he’s planning to campaign through the end of the week.

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Christie received support from only 4% of Republicans nationwide.