Jon Huntsman Will Declare His Candidacy in New Jersey

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 06: (CHINA OUT) U.S. Ambassador To China Jon Huntsman Jr. delivers a lecture at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 6, 2011 in Shanghai, China. Huntsman is in Shanghai to give a speech on US-China relations. He will also be stepping down at U.S. Ambassador To China on April 30. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon Huntsman Jr. Photo: ChinaFotoPress/2011 Getty Images

Former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman revealed today that he'll make his long-awaited official campaign announcement a week from today in New Jersey. That may seem like an odd choice, since New Jersey isn't Huntsman's home state, nor is it an early primary state or even an especially important general-election state. But Huntsman will be declaring his candidacy in Liberty State Park, with the Statue of Liberty behind him, so it appears he just really likes a good backdrop. Another possibility: He's ballsily trying to portray himself as the next Ronald Reagan. Politico writes:

A smart colleague reminds us that Ronald Reagan kicked off his formal general election campaign in 1980 with a Liberty Park speech, as Jon Huntsman is doing for his primary effort.

It's often said that Ronald Reagan would be too moderate to get through a Republican primary today, so that might be another thing Huntsman and Reagan have in common.

Huntsman to enter 2012 Republican primary [Hill]
Statue of Liberty redux [Politico 2012]