TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie embarked on a TV blitz Thursday as he works to gain traction in his 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign.
Christie appeared on a handful of morning shows that included participating in a focus group and taking questions from voters on the Fox News show “Fox & Friends.”
Here is a snapshot of how Christie’s campaign is going:
During his TV appearances, Christie stressed his law enforcement background and argued that President Barack Obama has allowed a sense of lawlessness to prevail. The appearances dovetailed the release of a new ad by his campaign titled “Law Enforcer.” It criticizes Obama for his stewardship at home and abroad and also takes a shot at Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. “We need a strong law enforcer as president,” Christie says in the ad. “Someone who says what he means and means what he says.” Christie served as U.S. attorney in New Jersey before being elected governor in 2009.
HAWKISH ON IRAN
A super political action committee supporting Christie’s bid also announced its second television advertisement. It features Christie railing against the Iran nuclear deal at one of his many town hall events in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, where Christie has been spending significant time. Christie has emphasized his opposition to the deal. And this week at Rutgers in New Brunswick, he appeared with Jewish leaders to call on the state’s congressional delegation to do the same.
WHERE THINGS STAND
Christie was courted by big dollar donors to run for president four years ago, but has been struggling to gain momentum this summer in a crowded field of competitors currently dominated by billionaire businessman Donald Trump. While early national polls are notoriously unreliable, they took on special significance this year because they were used by television networks to determine which 10 candidates would be on the main stage in early debates. Christie was the ninth of 10 candidates in the Fox News debate earlier this month. The next debate, on CNN, is Sept. 16. Christie also will be appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Monday, an NBC spokeswoman confirmed.
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