Governor Chris Christie (Background Research)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was born Christopher James Christie on September 6, 1962, in Newark, NJ.
In 1977, Christie volunteered for Tom Kean’s gubernatorial campaign, which introduced him to the world of politics. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1980.
Christie graduated from the University of Delaware in 1984. In 1986, Christie married Mary Pat Foster, who he met at the University of Delaware and who would eventually mother his four children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget. Christie received his J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1987.
Christie began working in 1987 as an attorney at the law firm of Dughi and Hewitt. In 1995, Christie became a member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and in 1997, he became the director of the board. Christie eventually became a partner at Dughi and Hewitt, where he worked until 2002.
From 2002 until 2008, Christie served as the US attorney for New Jersey. More than 130 public officials have been prosecuted by Christie, and he has developed a reputation for being extremely hard on corruption.
Christie ran for the position of New Jersey governor in 2009, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine. He won re-election in November 2013.
Christie has particularly emphasized conservative reform in many political spheres, including the economy and budget, education, criminal justice, foreign policy, and entitlements.
In 2012, Christie dealt with the damage incurred by Hurricane Sandy, even traveling with President Barack Obama to survey the damage. Obama praised Christie’s hurricane relief efforts.
Controversy ensued in early 2014 as information regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closures was introduced into the public sphere, a situation referred to as “Bridgegate,” which eventually led to the firing and eventually sentencing of several members of Christie’s administration.
In June of 2015, Christie announced that he would be running for President. In February of 2016, he suspended his campaign for presidential nomination and publicly endorsed Donald Trump.
In July 2017, Christie shut down all state parks over 4th of July weekend as a result of the lack of agreement on the state budget. He received backlash after images of him and his wife sitting on a state park beach during the shutdown surfaced.
Christie’s second and final term as governor of New Jersey will end on Jan. 16, 2018.