Christopher James Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 6, 1962. After riots in Newark in 1967, Chris and his family moved to Livingston, New Jersey.
He graduated from Livingston High School where he was class president and catcher for the baseball team. He then went on to the University of Delaware where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political Science. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School and in 1987 he joined Cranford, New Jersey, Law firm where he became a partner in 1993. He was also awarded honorary Doctorate degrees from Monmouth University and Rutgers University.
In 1986, Chris married Mary Pat Foster who he attended college with at the University of Delaware. She has been pursuing a career in investment banking, and until April 2015 she was the managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo, Gordon and co. Chris and Mary Pat have four children: Andrew, Patrick, Sarah and Bridget.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Chris to U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey. Many people were disappointed with this decision because Chris did not have much experience.
In 2009, Chris filed for candidacy for governor of New Jersey. In June of 2009, he won the Republican primary with 55 percent of the vote. In November, Chris won the election with a 49 to 45 percent margin and took office as governor in 2010.
Although rumors circulated in 2012 that Chris would run for president, he decided not to run. In 2012 though, he was the key note speaker at the Republican National Convention. In January 2015, Chris formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to raise potential funds for a potential presidential candidacy. On June 30, 2015 Chris officially announced his candidacy. Following a poor showing at the New Hampshire primary, Chris dropped out of the race on Feb. 10, 2016.