Chris Christie

55th Governor of New Jersey, former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey

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. He left the office on January 16, 2018.

Chris Christie
55th Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 19, 2010 – January 16, 2018
LieutenantKim Guadagno
Preceded byJon Corzine
Succeeded byPhil Murphy
Chair of the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission
In office
March 29, 2017 – November 1, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
January 17, 2002 – December 1, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRobert J. Cleary
Succeeded byRalph Marra
Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1997
Preceded byEdward Tamm
Succeeded byJohn J. Murphy
Personal details
Christopher James Christie

(1962-09-06) September 6, 1962 (age 61)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Mary Pat Foster (m. 1986)
EducationUniversity of Delaware (BA)
Seton Hall University School of Law (JD)

Some people thought Christie was a leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.[1][2][3] 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. On July 12, 2016, it was reported that Christie was on Trump's three-person shortlist to be his running mate in the general election.[4] On July 14, 2016, the Trump campaign announced that Governor of Indiana Mike Pence would be Trump's running mate. In March 2017, it was announced Christie was to chair the Trump administration's Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission.[5]

In June 2023, Christie announced his second presidential campaign for the 2024 election.[6] He ended his campaign in January 2024.

Early life


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


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 (2010-2018)


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.

2016 United States presidential election


2016 presidential campaign


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]

Trump endorsement and transition team role


Despite having criticized Donald Trump prior to leaving the race,[13] he endorsed Trump on February 26, 2016.[14] On May 9, 2016, Trump named Christie to head up a transition team in the event of a Trump presidency.[15] He soon emerged as a major power with the Trump campaign.[16] It was then announced on July 12, 2016 that Trump had narrowed down his vice presidential shortlist to three candidates, including Christie.[4] Mike Pence eventually became Trump's running mate.

Criticism of Trump


After Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, Christie refused to support Trump's claims of a stolen election.[17] On election night, Christie spoke with one of Trump's sons and later texted Eric Trump asking for proof of election fraud.[18] During the January 6 Capitol attack, Christie called Trump to tell him to end the violence. Trump did not pick up.[19] Following the attack, Christie blamed Trump for January 6 and voiced support for Trump's impeachment.[20]

2024 presidential campaign


In June 2023, Christie announced his second presidential campaign at a town hall event in New Hampshire.[21] Despite polling in third and second place for the New Hampshire primary, Christie dropped out on January 10, 2024 as several Republican critics of Trump urged him to do so.[22]

Personal life


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

On October 3, 2020, Christie tested positive for COVID-19[23] and was admitted to a hospital in New Jersey that same day, citing asthma as an underlying health concern.[24]


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  9. Russ, Hilary (January 28, 2014). "Chris Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase, Proposes Smaller One". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
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  14. Haberman, Maggie (February 26, 2016). "Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump". New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
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  17. Terruso, Julia (June 1, 2023). "Former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to run for president as Trump critic". PennLive Patriot-News. Tribune News Service. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  18. Duster, Chandelis (November 22, 2021). "Chris Christie says 2020 election lies were his 'red line' with Trump". CNN. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  19. Allen, Mike (November 15, 2021). "Inside Chris Christie's breakup with Trump". Axios. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  20. Bowden, John (February 7, 2022). "Chris Christie says Capitol attack was 'incited by Donald Trump' to 'overturn the election'". The Independent. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  21. "Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top GOP Trump critic, files paperwork to launch 2024 presidential campaign". CNBC. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  22. Walsh, Kelsey; Kerr, Nicholas; Cathey, Libby; Abdul-Hakim, Gabriella (January 10, 2024). "Christie ends presidential campaign, says Nikki Haley is 'gonna get smoked'". ABC News. Retrieved 10 January 2024.
  23. Stracqualursi, Veronica (October 3, 2020). "Chris Christie tests positive for Covid-19". CNN. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  24. "Chris Christie checks into hospital as a precaution after positive Covid-19 test". CNN. October 3, 2020. Retrieved October 3, 2020.

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