That something was Christie, who announced his candidacy for the State Senate in 1993, against Majority Leader John Dorsey.
For his part, FDR went into the Democratic Party convention refusing to declare his candidacy.
The memory of his candidacy is forcing the party to confront its weaknesses in a way that his real candidacy never could.
c.1600s, from Latin candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," past participle of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.