• CHRISTIE, CHRISTOPHER J
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Governor, State of New Jersey, 2010-present
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: New Jersey
Total Raised: $8,741,586Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Personal

    Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' J. Christie
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Mary Pat; 4 Children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, Bridget
    Birth Date: 09/06/1962
    Birth Place: Newark, NJ
    Home City: Mendham, NJ
    Religion: Roman Catholic

Education

    JD, School of Law, Seton Hall University, 1987
    BA, Political Science, University of Delaware, 1984

Political Experience

    Governor, State of New Jersey, 2010-present
    Director, Board of Freeholders, Morris County, 1997
    Freeholder, Morris County, 1995-1997

Professional Experience

    Attorney/Partner, Dughi, Hewit and Palatucci, Cranford Law Firm
    Liaison, Morris County, Department of Human Services
    United States District Attorney, New Jersey, 2002-2008
    Campaign Counsel, Bush for President Campaign, New Jersey, 2000

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Coach, Little League Basketball
    Former Board Member, Mendham's Daytop Village

About Chris Christie

Christopher James “Chris” Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, where he lived with his parents until the age of 5. At that time, his family moved to Livingston in the same state, where Christie lived until he graduated high school. After that, he went on to attend (and graduate from) the University of Delaware and Seton Hall School of Law before becoming a lawyer. Today, Christie also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Rutgers University and Monmouth University.

Christie served as the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey before running for and winning election to the office of Governor of that state – a position he still occupies, currently in his second term. With a reputation as a straight-talking, no-nonsense conservative who favors clarity over diplomacy (and at times even tact), Christie raised the ire of his fellows in the Republican party during his management of the Hurricane Sandy disaster in 2012. By publicly praising Barack Obama for the federal government's help during the crisis weeks before the presidential election, he markedly boosted the incumbent President's polling numbers. There are those in the GOP (and on the political right in general) who still blame him for Obama's reelection, and refuse to forgive him. This is of concern to the Governor, who has presidential aspirations and in fact is one of the likely frontrunners for the Republican nomination.

A conscientious conservative with positions agreeable to many Republicans, there are nevertheless caveats to some of Christie's opinions. He opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana – and has even referred to theoretical tax revenues from such a product as “blood money” - but he signed a bill allowing for medicinal cannabis use in New Jersey. He is against gay marriage, but believes homosexual couples should be allowed to form civil unions. And while he is now conditionally pro-life, Christie used to identify as “a non-thinking pro-choice person”. He says that the experience of hearing his unborn daughter's heartbeat in utero caused his views to evolve.

Total: 21
Chris Christie's claim that 'I spent my life protecting our country' against terrorism (Fact Checker biography)

Christie earns One Pinocchio for this shift in rhetoric to fit the presidential issue du jour.

12/24/2015
By Michelle Ye Hee Lee | The Washington Post
Chris Christie creeps up on Jeb Bush in New Hampshire

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s rise in New Hampshire is finally starting to cut into some of his competitors, most conspicuously former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. 

12/23/2015
By Daniel Strauss and Ben White | POLITICO
Christie concedes he never sent refugee directive to state agencies

Gov. Chris Christie conceded in a radio interview on Friday that he never sent a directive to state agencies to block Syrian refugees from being placed in New Jersey, saying he had no power to stop the federal government.

12/18/2015
By Katherine Landergan | POLITICO
Chris Christie: Obama's 'done some pretty stupid sh--'

Despite his preferred mantra of "don't do stupid sh--" when it comes to foreign policy doctrine, President Barack Obama has "done some pretty stupid sh--" in his seven years in the White House, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in an interview published Friday with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.

12/04/2015
By Nick Gass | POLITICO
Chris Christie: Obama Has Done 'Some Pretty Stupid S**t' Around The World

"You don’t know, as you’re doing it, whether it’s stupid or not."

12/04/2015
By Sam Levine | The Huffington Post
Donald Trump's Mocking of Reporter 'Not Worthy' of a Candidate, Chris Christie Says

In his second major jab at Donald Trump in 24 hours, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Republican front-runner for his apparent mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a muscular disability.

12/01/2015
By Jordyn Phelps and ALANA ABRAMSON | ABC News
Chris Christie Says Trump's Claims That 'Thousands' Cheered in NJ on 9/11 'Didn't Happen'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie adamantly refuted Donald Trump's claims that "thousands" of people cheered in New Jersey after the 9/11 attacks -- saying today that it "didn't happen." 

11/30/2015
By Jordyn Phelps | The Washington Post
Passenger removed from Chris Christie's flight

A passenger was removed on Friday from a flight carrying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and members of his staff, according to the presidential candidate's campaign.

11/20/2015
By Jonathan Easley | The Hill
New York Mayor Accuses Chris Christie of 'Playing to the Cheap Seats' on Syrian Refugees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is blasting New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie for his opposition to the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees, calling Christie an “an embarrassment to this country” and accusing him of “playing to the cheap seats.” 

11/18/2015
By Jordyn Phelps | ABC News
Chris Christie: U.S. shouldn't let in Syrian orphans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t want any Syrian refugees let into the United States — not even if they're orphaned toddlers.

11/16/2015
By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Chris Christie continues to talk about drug addiction on the campaign trail

For years, Chris Christie has been advocating treatment over incarceration for offenders who have addiction issues.

11/04/2015
By Katie Zezima | The Washington Post
Chris Christie slams Hillary Clinton for being 'unaccountable'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, calling her "unaccountable."

10/25/2015
By Lydia Wheeler | The Hill
Christie campaign pushes back on quiet car report

Chris Christie’s (R) presidential campaign is pushing back on a Gawker report that said the New Jersey governor was asked to leave an Amtrak Quiet Car on his way to New York from Washington on Sunday morning because he was yelling.

10/25/2015
By Caitlin Yilek | The Hill
Chris Christie returns from the dead

The New Jersey governor is taking full advantage of Scott Walker's exit from the 2016 field.

10/09/2015
By Kyle Cheney | POLITICO
Christie: 'People aren't really hearing' what Trump is saying

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged on Monday morning that Americans are relating to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, but argued the approval is less about the billionaire real estate mogul himself and more about voters’ overall dissatisfaction with Washington D.C. politics.

08/24/2015
By Aliyah Frumin | MSNBC
Christie calls for criminal investigation into Clinton emails

Chris Christie blasted Hillary Clinton for her handling of the scandal surrounding the private email server she used while at the State Department, drawing a potentially perilous analogy to the Bridgegate scandal in his home state.

08/17/2015
By Nick Gass | POLITICO
Christie latest to back Norquist anti-tax pledge

As a matter of political strategy, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist came up with a pretty effective tactic when he crafted “the pledge.”

08/13/2015
By Steve Benen | MSNBC
In sparring with Rand Paul, Christie shows he can fight

Gov. Chris Christie finally brought his New Jersey voice to the campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

08/08/2015
By Bob Jordan, Asbury Park (N.J.) | USA Today
Chris Christie officially launches White House bid
06/30/2015
Michael Symons, Asbury (N.J.) Park Press | USA TODAY
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Oppose
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

Support
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Oppose
10. Expand the military

Strongly Support
11. Support & expand free trade

No Opinion
12. Support American Exceptionalism

Oppose
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Oppose
14. Expand ObamaCare

Support
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Support
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Oppose
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

No Opinion
20. Privatize Social Security

Support
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