Christie files to run

Calling New Jersey “broken” in an e-mail announcement, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie filed papers to become a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of New Jersey Thursday.

“New Jersey’s taxes have become so unaffordable that more families are leaving our state than moving here. Our state’s business tax climate is ranked 50th in the nation and has become so unattractive to employers that only government jobs are growing in New Jersey,” wrote Mr. Christie. “Yet nothing in Trenton gets done to fix these problems.”

Mr. Christie, 46, compiled an incredible record as a U.S. attorney, convicting more than 130 public officials for various corruption charges, including people like former Newark mayor Sharpe James and Wayne Bryant, at one time among the most powerful state senators in New Jersey.

But some Democrats have criticized the Republican for opening what they see as politically motivated cases, like those that went nowhere against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-Union, in the midst of the 2006 senatorial campaign.

Mr. Christie joined Assemblyman Richard Merkt, R-Mendham, and former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan as a Republican candidate for governor after he officially filed papers with the New Jersey Election Enforcement Commission around midday Thursday.

Mr. Christie told The Star-Ledger that he will formally announce his candidacy sometime in early February.

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