538 Analysis: Chris Christie Jumps In, But About 12 Years Too Late

  • On Tuesday night in New Hampshire, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie1 announced he was running for president. But the announcement came about 12 years too late.
  • Since passing on a presidential campaign in 2012, when he was still a popular first-term governor, Christie has become the poster child for not striking when the political iron is hot. By the time he did run for president, in 2016, his star had fallen — and he arguably starts this campaign in an even worse position. Like in 2016, his biggest impact on the 2024 Republican primary could be in helping to take down a front-runner — but he’s so disliked, even that may be futile.
  • To be blunt: If Christie wanted to be president, he missed his chance by not running in 2012.
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