Chris Christie, June 30 file photo, AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Jul 10, 2015 5:18 PM

Gov. Christie's presidential campaign airs its first TV ad

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential campaign is spending nearly $500,000 airing its first television ad in the early-voting state of New Hampshire.

The ad, which begins airing Friday, highlights Christie's unscripted announcement speech in his old high school gymnasium last week. The Republican governor, who has so far struggled to gain traction, calls for strong American leadership and praises his straightforward style.

The ad will be running on WBIN-TV among others.

"I am not looking to be the most popular guy, who looks in your eyes every day and tries to figure out what you want to hear, say it, and then turn around and do something else," Christie says in the ad, which includes footage of what appear to be everyday Americans at work and going about their lives. "I mean what I say, and I say what I mean. And that's what America needs right now."

A spokeswoman for Christie's campaign said the ad will be shown over the next four weeks on broadcast television stations in Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as on cable and radio stations and online.


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