New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially announced his bid for the presidency of the United States (the ultimate popularity contest) at his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey, where he was class president for three years.

Gov. Christie made his entrance to Bon Jovi’s “We Weren’t Born to Follow” and took the stage in his high school’s gymnasium with his family close behind him.

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“Everything started here for me: The confidence, the education, the friends, the family and the love I have always felt for and from this community,” Christie told his supporters in the crowd and the people watching the live YouTube stream. “I had to come home and Livingston is home for me.”

Christie’s announcement covered a buffet of topics that focused mostly on his economic and foreign policies without touching on social issues like gay marriage.

“I mean what i say and I say what I mean and that's what America needs right now,” he said to roaring applause from his audience.

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Christie has been governor of the Garden State since 2010 and was once seen as a possible candidate for the 2012 presidential elections.

His term as governor was recently marred by the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal (now known as “Bridgegate”), in which Christie's senior staffers arranged a massive traffic disruption.

Christie was cleared of any wrongdoing regarding in the scandal.

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