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Cable Nets Cover Chris Christie Announcement

CNN and Fox News covered live New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's long-awaited announcement Tuesday (June 30) that he will indeed be running for President in 2016. In addition, PBS NewsHour live streamed the event.

Christie joins a crowded Republican field, but his announcement provided the Republican presidential candidate news cycle a break from the focus on Donald Trump's insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Christie was once anticipated to be the brash, shoot-from-the-hip candidate in the field—"the bull in the Washington china shop," as CNN's John King put it—but Trump has "trumped" that  with his early, take no prisoners, style, one analyst pointed out on CNN Tuesday following the announcement.

Within seconds of the televised and streamed announcement, the Democratic party had fired off a series of Tweets attacking the candidate's record as governor.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.