Here’s a look at the life of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
PersonalBirth date: September 6, 1962Birth place: Newark, New JerseyBirth name: Christopher James ChristieRead MoreFather: Wilbur “Bill” Christie, an accountantMother: Sondra (Grasso) ChristieMarriage: Mary Pat (Foster) Christie (1986-present)Children: Bridget, 2003; Patrick, 2000; Sarah, 1996; Andrew, 1993Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1984; Seton Hall University, J.D., 1987Religion: Roman CatholicOther FactsWhile serving as the US attorney for New Jersey, Christie prosecuted more than 130 public officials for corruption.A fan of Bruce Springsteen, Christie claims to have attended more than 100 of the New Jersey rocker’s performances.Timeline1977 – Volunteers for Republican Tom Kean’s gubernatorial campaign.1987-2002 – Attorney at the law firm of Dughi and Hewit, later named Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci PC.1992 – Co-coordinates US President George H.W. Bush‘s New Jersey reelection efforts.1993 – Becomes a partner at Dughi and Hewit.1995-1997 – Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.1997 – Director of the Freeholder Board.2002-2008 – US attorney for New Jersey. Earns a reputation for being tough on corruption.November 3, 2009 – Defeats Democrat Jon Corzine, winning the election for governor.January 19, 2010-January 16, 2018 – Republican Governor of New Jersey.October 31, 2012 – Two days after Hurricane Sandy hits New Jersey, President Barack Obama visits the Garden State and tours devastated beach towns with Christie. February 4, 2013 – During an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Christie pulls a doughnut out of his pocket and begins eating it mid-interview. Christie’s weight has often been commented on in the media and mocked by comedians.May 7, 2013 – Christie reveals to the New York Post that he secretly underwent lap-band surgery for the sake of his wife and kids. November 5, 2013 – Wins reelection. November 21, 2013 – Becomes 2014 Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.January 8, 2014 – Emails emerge from Christie’s top aides bolstering suggestions that George Washington Bridge lane closures last year that tied up traffic stemmed from a political vendetta and not bureaucratic incompetence as his administration claimed. The scandal is dubbed Bridgegate.June 30, 2015 – Formally announces he is running for the Republican presidential nomination during a speech in Livingston, New Jersey. February 10, 2016 – Announces that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.February 26, 2016 – Endorses Donald Trump for president of the United States. May 9, 2016 – Trump announces that Christie will lead his presidential transition team, serving as chairman of the group tasked with finding candidates for jobs in a potential Trump administration. August 10, 2016 – In a text message, a Christie aide declares the governor “flat out lied” during a 2013 Bridgegate press conference, according to court documents filed in the criminal case against two Christie staffers accused of plotting to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee. November 11, 2016 – After Trump wins the election, he shakes up his transition team, demoting Christie to a supporting role and selecting Vice President-elect Mike Pence to take Christie’s place as chair. December 6, 2016 – A Quinnipiac University Poll indicates that 19% of voters approve of Christie’s job performance as governor and 77% disapprove. That’s the lowest score for a governor in 20 years of Quinnipiac’s polls of 11 different states. January 27, 2017 – The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says it won’t pursue charges of official misconduct against Christie in the Bridgegate case.February 16, 2017 – A Bergen County municipal judge rules that a misconduct case against Christie, stemming from a citizen’s complaint related to Bridgegate, can proceed in court. March 29, 2017 – Trump announces that Christie has been tapped to chair a commission that will seek ways to address the opioid crisis. On the same day, Christie’s former staffers, Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly are sentenced for their roles in the Bridgegate scandal. Baroni is sentenced to two years in prison while Kelly is initially sentenced to 18 months behind bars. July 1, 2017 – Due to a dispute over a Christie-backed bill that would allow the state to control how Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield spends its cash reserve funds, the legislature fails to break an impasse during budget talks. As a result, Christie orders a government shutdown, closing state parks, courts, motor vehicle commission offices and unemployment offices statewide. Christie says the Democrats in the legislature created the crisis. July 2, 2017 – As the government shutdown continues, Christie and his family vacation at one of the state parks that is closed during the holiday weekend. Island Beach State Park has a private governor’s residence, where Christie, his wife and other family members soak up sun on an empty beach. During the afternoon, the governor travels via state helicopter to Trenton to hold a news conference and denies that he has been enjoying the beach amid the crisis. Photos published by NJ Advance Media show that Christie was sitting on a beach chair earlier in the day.July 3-4, 2017 – The state legislature reaches a deal to reopen the government and Christie signs the budget into law. During a press conference, Christie says that the backlash over the beach photos was unwarranted. He says that he was transparent about his plans to visit the oceanfront residence during the weekend and questions the news value of the pictures. January 16, 2018 – Christie leaves office after two terms, and turns control of New Jersey’s state government over to Democrats for the first time in eight years.January 16, 2019 – Axios and the Guardian publish excerpts of Christie’s forthcoming memoir “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.” The book is set for a January 29, 2019, publication date.April 24, 2019 – Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former chief of staff, is sentenced to 13 months in prison for her involvement in the “Bridgegate” scandal. She was previously sentenced to 18 months but appealed her conviction. Following her sentencing, Kelly makes a statement: “Mr. Christie, you are a bully and the days of you calling me a liar and destroying my life are over.” May 7, 2020 – The US Supreme Court throws out fraud convictions against Kelly and Baroni, who were involved in the “Bridgegate” political scandal. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Elena Kagan says the move “jeopardized the safety of the town’s residents,” but concludes that “not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime.”October 3, 2020 – Christie tells CNN he checked himself into a hospital as a precautionary measure after announcing earlier in the day that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Christie was among a group of senior Trump campaign staffers who were tested following news of the President’s positive diagnosis.October 15, 2020 – In a statement, Christie says he spent seven days in an intensive care unit before recovering from Covid-19. October 21, 2020 – In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “I Should Have Worn a Mask,” Christie writes that mask wearing is not a “partisan or cultural symbol,” and that he was “wrong” not to wear a mask at the Supreme Court nomination ceremony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and during debate prep with Trump.December 16, 2020 – In an ad paid for by the COVID Collaborative, Christie says that he regrets not wearing a mask while visiting the White House, a choice he acknowledges led to him contracting the coronavirus and spending a week in the ICU. Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, joined by his family, announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 30 at Livingston High School in Livingston Township, New Jersey.Hide Caption 1 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie takes questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.Hide Caption 2 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie jokes with host Laura Ingraham as he addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26.Hide Caption 3 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a campaign stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, on September 29, 2014.Hide Caption 4 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on January 9, 2014, to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures — a scandal that became known in the media as “Bridgegate.”Hide Caption 5 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie speaks at a news conference on January 9, 2014, in Trenton, New Jersey, about his knowledge of an alleged traffic study that stopped traffic at the George Washington Bridge. Christie addressed allegations that his deputy chief of staff signaled for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Christie during the election.Hide Caption 6 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie arrives to speak at his election night event after winning a second term as governor on November 5, 2013, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Christie defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by a large margin.Hide Caption 7 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie talks to business owners affected by a massive fire that burned a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, which had recently been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, on September 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.Hide Caption 8 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie speaks to members of the Hudson County Building Trades Council after receiving their support for his re-election campaign for governor on July 1, 2013, in Jersey City, New Jersey.Hide Caption 9 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie greets President Barack Obama on his arrival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012, to visit areas hit by Superstorm Sandy. Christie was later criticized by some in his party for his warm welcome of Obama.Hide Caption 10 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie updates members of the media on damage and recovery efforts related to Superstorm Sandy on October 30, 2012, from the emergency operations center at State Police Headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey.Hide Caption 11 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak with Romney adviser Bob White on board the Romney campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on October 10, 2012.Hide Caption 12 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012, in Tampa, Florida.Hide Caption 13 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie speaks as he endorses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on October 11, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.Hide Caption 14 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie and his family lay white roses on wreckage pulled from Ground Zero during the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial for 9/11 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on September 10, 2011.Hide Caption 15 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie speaks at a Reform Agenda Town Hall meeting at the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company facility on March 29, 2011, in Hammonton, New Jersey.Hide Caption 16 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children attend the third annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, on May 2, 2010.Hide Caption 17 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie waves to supporters with Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Guadagno, left, on November 3, 2009, in Parsippany, New Jersey. Christie defeated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.Hide Caption 18 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie and his running mate, Kim Guadagno, left, pose for photographs after making phone calls to voters at Monmouth County Republican Headquarters in Freehold, New Jersey, on November 2, 2009.Hide Caption 19 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosBefore getting into politics, Christie was a New Jersey attorney. Here Christie speaks with the media on May 8, 2007, outside the federal courthouse in Camden, New Jersey, after six men were arrested on charges of planning to attack the Fort Dix military base.Hide Caption 20 of 21 Photos: Chris Christie's career in photosChristie speaks to the media about an FBI sting with Russian Gen. Sergei Fomenko, right, of the Federal Security Service and FBI Agent Louie Allen on August 13, 2003, in Newark, New Jersey.Hide Caption 21 of 21
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