New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday threw his hat into the race for the White House, becoming the 14th Republican to do so.

Christie made his announcement at his alma mater, Livingston High School, in Livingston, New Jersey, where he said he's “now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.”

From the school's gymnasium, Christie said that he picked his home town because “everything started here for me.”

“When I decided to make this announcement, there was no other choice. I had to come home. And Livingston is home for me.”

Christie promised to be a “strong” leader: “America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office. We need to have strength and decision making and authority back in the Oval Office. And that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America.”

Like all of his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination, Christie does not support marriage equality. (Former New York Governor George Pataki has not publicly stated his position on the issue, saying only that the issue of marriage should be left up to the states. As governor, he signed a gay protections bill.)

(Related: GOP presidential candidates decry gay marriage ruling.)

In October, Christie, who was in office when New Jersey's ban was declared unconstitutional, said that states should be allowed to decide whether gay couples can marry and was opposed to a Supreme Court ruling striking down state marriage bans.

“I do not believe that this is something that should be imposed from the United States Supreme Court down to the states,” he said.

In 2012, Christie vetoed a bill approved by lawmakers that sought to allow gay couples to marry in the state. The following year, the state's highest court struck down the state's ban.