Chris Christie

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Chris Christie
Christie in April 2015
55th Governor of New Jersey
Assumed office
January 19, 2010
Lieutenant Kim Guadagno
Preceded by Jon Corzine
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
January 17, 2002 – December 1, 2008[1]
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Cleary
Succeeded by Ralph Marra (Acting)
Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 1, 1998
Personal details
Born Christopher James Christie[2]
September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06) (age 53)
Newark, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Pat Foster (m. 1986–present) «start: (1986)»"Marriage: Mary Pat Foster to Chris Christie" Location: (linkback://
Children Andrew (b. 1993)
Sarah (b. 1996)
Patrick (b. 2000)
Bridget (b. 2003)
Residence Mendham, New Jersey
Alma mater University of Delaware
Seton Hall University
Religion Roman Catholic[3]

Christopher James "Chris" Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician. In 2010, he became the 55th Governor of New Jersey. He was the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in 12 years.

Some people thought Christie was a leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.[4][5][6] He announced his presidential campaign on June 30, 2015. After poor polling numbers and not winning the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Christie suspended his campaign on February 10, 2016.

Early life[change | change source]

Christie was born on September 6, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey. He is of Irish-Scottish-Sicilian descent. He was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. Christie studied at the University of Delaware and at Seton Hall University.

Early career[change | change source]

Christie joined a Cranford, New Jersey, law firm in 1987, rose to become a partner in 1993, and continued practicing until 2002.

He was elected county legislator in Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998, during which time he generally pushed for lower taxes and lower spending. By 2002, Christie had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Bush appointed him as United States Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. In that position, he fought political corruption and also obtained convictions for sexual slavery, arms trafficking, racketeering by gangs, and other federal crimes.

Governor of New Jersey (2010-present)[change | change source]

In January 2009, Christie declared his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He won the Republican primary, and defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine in the election that November. In 2013, he won re-election as Governor, defeating Democrat Barbara Buono by a margin of over 22%. He was sworn in to a second term as governor on January 21, 2014.

Christie with President Barack Obama visiting victims of Hurricane Sandy, 2013

As governor, Christie has promised not to raise taxes. He has also vowed to lower the state income and business taxes. On September 18, 2013, Christie signed legislation to overhaul the state's business tax incentive programs.

Christie is a strong supporter of the state granting tax credits to parents who send their children to private and parochial schools.[7] He also supports the introduction of state-funded vouchers, which parents of students in failing school districts could use to pay the tuition of private schools.

Christie has stated that he believes that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is too big and is "killing business" with permit delays. In January 2013 Christie vetoed a New Jersey Legislature bill that would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour.[8][9] Christie supports gay marriage, but said that he would not pass a bill allowing gay marriage in New Jersey. He also supports the DREAM Act and illegal immigrants.

On November 21, 2013, Christie was elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, succeeding Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Personal life[change | change source]

He has been married to Mary Pat Foster since 1986. They have four children.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

On June 27, 2015, Christie launched his presidential campaign website. He announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on June 30, 2015.[10][11] After poor polling numbers and not winning the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Christie suspended his campaign on February 10, 2016. He later endorsed Donald Trump.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. Resignation Letter from Christopher J. Christie to Michael Mukasey, dated November 17, 2008.
  2. Caitlin Huey-Burns. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Christie - US News and World Report". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  3. Christie chats with Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu, swarmed by fans, dated April 3, 2012.
  4. George Will (January 30, 2013). "Chris Christie, volcanic politics and Election 2016". The Washington Post.
  5. Susan Heavey (January 9, 2013). "New Jersey's Christie: likely "more ready" for president in 2016". Reuters.
  6. Paul Steinhauser (November 10, 2012). "Analysis: It's never too early to talk about 2016". CNN.
  7. Wiener, Robert (August 6, 2009). "Christie holds meeting with Orthodox leaders: Republican hopeful offers support for school funding plans". New Jersey Jewish News.
  8. Portnoy, Jenna (January 28, 2013). "Christie vetoes minimum wage bill, Democrats vow to put measure on ballot". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  9. Russ, Hilary (January 28, 2014). "Chris Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase, Proposes Smaller One". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  10. Desiderio, Adam (30 June 2015). "Chris Christie Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign". ABC News. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  11. Moody, Chris (30 June 2015). "Chris Christie launches 2016 presidential bid from New Jersey". CNN. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  12. "Chris Christie suspends campaign". Retrieved February 13, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]