Palmetto Sunrise: Add Chris Christie to the list

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will announce later today that he’s seeking the Republican nomination for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

COLUMBIA — The race for the Republican presidential nomination is about to get even more crowded.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce this morning he too wants to become president. It’s a long shot for a man who just a few years ago was considered a potential front-runner for a presidential bid.

The announcement will take place at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J., where Christie once played baseball and walked its halls as student body president. Afterward, he is expected to head for Sandown, N.H., to play host to a town hall meeting. Christie is scheduled to spend the rest of the week in New Hampshire.

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