Nov 16, 2011 - Chris Christie


Challenges Facing the Governors

Chris Christie

Chris Christie, a University of Delaware alumnus, is the Governor of New Jersey. Since his election in 2009, he has been a quickly rising star in the Republican Party of the United States.

Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Livingston, Christie has lived in New Jersey his entire life, except to attend college. He and his wife of 25 years, Mary Pat, now reside in Mendham, where they are raising their four children, Andrew, 16; Sarah, 13; Patrick 9; and Bridget, 6.

After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1984, Christie attended Seton Hall University School of Law graduating in 1987. He joined a Cranford law firm and soon was named a partner. He was elected a Freeholder in Morris County, and served as Director of the Board in 1997.

Christie was named U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2002. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey, Christie earned praise from leaders in both parties and drew national attention for his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and polluters. Christie led a widely acclaimed charge against public corruption. Regardless of party affiliation or political influence, when laws were broken, Christie took action. His office racked up an astonishing record - winning convictions or guilty pleas from over 130 public officials - both Republican and Democrat - without losing a single case.

Some of Christie’s most notable cases involved some of the worst in New Jersey. He fought against gang violence when he prosecuted 45 members of the Double II Bloods; he fought against child pornography when he helped bring down 1500 child pornographers worldwide; and he stood up to polluters who neglected their obligation to our environment. One of Christie’s finest moments was when he led the team that thwarted terrorists' plans to attack Fort Dix.

When Christie left the U.S. Attorney's office on December 1, 2008, every major newspaper in the state applauded his term as New Jersey’s US Attorney.

Chris Christie was sworn in as New Jersey's 55th Governor on January 19, 2010.

[Excerpts, official Governor’s Office bio]

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