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On February 26, 2013, Christie unveiled a state budget plan prescribing New Jersey's participation in the Medicaid expansion program outlined under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the eighth Republican governor to reluctantly endorse the law's optional state-level provision. Christie insisted that his overall opposition to Obamacare had not wavered despite his support for expanding Medicaid- a move that could extend insurance coverage to an additional 300,000 low-income residents and inject up to $300 million federal dollars into the state in the upcoming year.<ref>[http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/christie_budget_details.html ‘’NJ.com,'' “Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say,” February 26, 2013]</ref> <ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2014-governor/ ‘’Sabato’s Crystal Ball,'' “2013-2014 Gubernatorial races,” March 4, 2013]</ref> With the upcoming election in mind, among other factors, Christie stated frankly during his state budget address, “It’s simple. We are putting people first,” about broadening the Medicaid eligibility requirements for New Jerseyans.<ref>[http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/26/1642121/chris-christie-medicaid/?mobile=nc ‘’Think Progress.org,'' “Christie to support Medicaid expansion,” February 26, 2013]</ref>
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On February 26, 2013, Christie unveiled a state budget plan prescribing New Jersey's participation in the Medicaid expansion program outlined under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the eighth Republican governor to reluctantly endorse the law's optional state-level provision. Christie insisted that his overall opposition to Obamacare had not wavered despite his support for expanding Medicaid- a move that could extend insurance coverage to an additional 300,000 low-income residents and inject up to $300 million federal dollars into the state in the upcoming year.<ref>[http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/christie_budget_details.html ‘’NJ.com,'' “Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say,” February 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2014-governor/ ‘’Sabato’s Crystal Ball,'' “2013-2014 Gubernatorial races,” March 4, 2013]</ref> With the upcoming election in mind, among other factors, Christie stated frankly during his state budget address, “It’s simple. We are putting people first,” about broadening the Medicaid eligibility requirements for New Jerseyans.<ref>[http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/26/1642121/chris-christie-medicaid/?mobile=nc ‘’Think Progress.org,'' “Christie to support Medicaid expansion,” February 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Chris Christie
ChrisChristie.JPG
Governor of New Jersey
Incumbent
In office
January 19, 2010 - Present
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJon Corzine (D)
Compensation
Base salary$175,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
Campaign $$16,091,562
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
US Attorney for the District of New Jersey
January 2002 – December 2008
Education
High schoolLivingston High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware (1984)
J.D.Seton Hall University (1987)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1962
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Christopher Christie (b. September 6, 1962, in Newark, New Jersey) is a New Jersey Republican currently serving as the 55th Governor of New Jersey. Elected in 2009, Christie defeated Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine 48.5% to 45%. Christie won election to a second term as governor in the 2013 election. He defeated one challenger, Seth Grossman, in the Republican primary election on June 4, 2013. He faced Democratic nominee Barbara Buono and several third party challengers in the general election, which took place November 5, 2013.[1]

Christie began his political career as a Morris County freeholder. After losing his 1995 bid for State Assembly, Christie did not run for office again until the 2009 gubernatorial race. He worked as a lobbyist for energy companies until he was nominated by George W. Bush to serve as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a position he held from 2002-2008.[2][3]

After declining to run for President in 2012, Christie was considered to be a possible vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, but ultimately was not selected.[4][5] Seen by many as a divisive figure since assuming the governorship, Christie's popularity soared in the wake of his response to superstorm Sandy in October 2012.[6] He is considered to be a strong contender for the Republican nomination for President in 2016.[7]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Christie as the least conservative GOP governor in the country.[8]

Biography

Christie is a New Jersey native, having been born in Newark and growing up in Livingston. As an undergraduate, he studied political science before going on to law school. In 1987, the same year he graduated, he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey and for the U.S. District Court for New Jersey.

He joined Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, becoming a partner in 1993. The following year, he was elected a Freeholder of Morris County. In 1995, he ran for New Jersey's General Assembly, losing the primary and then losing his re-election bid as a Freeholder after Republicans recruited a candidate to run against him.

In 1998, Christie registered a lobbyist with his law firm and spent the next several years lobbying the state government on various issues. In 2001, he was nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, ultimately being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He served in that office from January 2002 until he began his gubernatorial campaign in 2009.

Christie was named as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2011 and 2013.[9]

Education

  • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, University of Delaware, 1984
  • Livingston High School, 1980

Political career

Governor of New Jersey (2010 - Present)

Christie was first elected Governor of New Jersey in 2009 and won a second term in 2014. He was sworn into his second term on January 21, 2014.[10]

Terror watch list

On August 8, 2013, Christie signed a state law that bans terror watch list members from purchasing weapons, citing, "the obligation of government to ensure the safety and security of its people." He signed the bill the month after Congress voted down an amendment which would have barred people on the FBI's terror watch list from purchasing guns nationwide. The amendment was defeated in the U.S. House by nay votes from 27 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Although Christie supported the amendment, he agreed with fellow Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents New Jersey's 11th Congressional District and was among the 27 Republicans to vote against it, that the list's accuracy needed to improve. Prompted by Christie's approval of the related New Jersey-specific bill and remarks about the two New Jersey GOP leaders divided positions on the issue, Frelinghuysen defended his vote, explaining, "First of all, anyone who thinks that terrorists will actually purchase their weapons through legal means is not living in the real world. Secondly, the terrorist watch lists are currently a mess — so filled with errors that they include thousands of innocent Americans and once contained the names of Sen. Ted Kennedy and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela."[11]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

  • Health-exchange

On December 6, 2012, Christie vetoed a bill to establish a state-based health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. His determination was based on concerns about the potential cost of developing and implementing a New Jersey specific system, although he has not officially ceded all other provisional options for states unwilling to participate in the federal health care exchange, which is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance and apply to receive federal subsidies. Since Christie and state lawmakers were unable to agree on an alternative by the December 14, 2012 deadline, New Jersey will enter the federal program by default.[12] New Jersey is one of thirty two states to opt out of a state-based program.[13] On February 15, 2013, Christie formally announced that New Jersey would not create its own healthcare exchange, ceding that authority to the federal government.[14]

  • Medicaid Expansion

On February 26, 2013, Christie unveiled a state budget plan prescribing New Jersey's participation in the Medicaid expansion program outlined under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the eighth Republican governor to reluctantly endorse the law's optional state-level provision. Christie insisted that his overall opposition to Obamacare had not wavered despite his support for expanding Medicaid- a move that could extend insurance coverage to an additional 300,000 low-income residents and inject up to $300 million federal dollars into the state in the upcoming year.[15][16] With the upcoming election in mind, among other factors, Christie stated frankly during his state budget address, “It’s simple. We are putting people first,” about broadening the Medicaid eligibility requirements for New Jerseyans.[17]

Gun control

In January 2013, following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of twenty children and six adult staff members, Christie created a bipartisan task force to study the issue of violence, seeking recommendations not only on gun control but other "antiviolence" measures as well. “If we are truly going to take an honest and candid assessment of violence and public safety, we have to look more deeply at the underlying causes of many acts of violence,” Christie explained. The Republican governor has not opposed the state's current gun laws, which, he noted, are the second strictest in the nation after California.[18][19]

Hurricane Sandy

Christie's performance in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy resonated impressively with New Jersey voters, who rewarded Christie with peak job approval ratings. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on November 27, 2012 had Christie's approval rating soaring to 72%, compared to 56% in October and previous record high of 59% from April.[20] The day before the poll was released, Christie announced his bid for re-election.[21]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Christie was ranked number 35. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[22][23]

Judicial appointments

As governor, Christie is responsible for appointing judges to New Jersey state courts. In New Jersey, the governor makes a judicial appointment and the nominee must be confirmed by the New Jersey Senate. For an up-to-date list of all of Christie's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.

Minimum wage amendment

On January 28, 2013, Christie vetoed a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase minimum wage by $1, bringing it up to $8.50, within a few weeks of the potential law's enactment. Christie requested that the minimum wage be increased to $8.50, but over the span of two years instead of one year.[24] However, legislators in support of the measure did not agree with Christie's proposal, and turned their efforts to placing the measure on the ballot instead of trying to enact the law immediately through Christie.

In New Jersey, the state legislature must approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60%, but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority. According to Sheila Oliver, who sponsored the vetoed bill, the governor's proposed alternative was not good enough, stating, "Any proposal that lacks annual adjustments to ensure wages keep pace with the economy is not a real solution. Gov. Christie's callous action leaves us no choice but to send this matter to the voters." Reports suggest that Christie's concern with the proposal is that a minimum-wage increase would hurt the state's economy. The New Jersey Business and Industry Association backed Christie's action and his counter-proposal with the group's cice president, Stefanie Riehl, saying, "Small businesses are struggling in this economy and facing the daunting task of rebuilding after Sandy, and are not in a position to absorb a 17 percent wage increase all at once."

National security policy and libertarianism

Speaking during a panel discussion with other Republican governors on July 25, 2013, Christie condemned the libertarian shift of some members of the GOP when it comes to national security. "This strain of libertarianism that's going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought," he stated.[25]

Christie's comments were in response to Republicans who argued that surveillance programs of the National Security Agency sacrificed too much privacy in the name of security. Among those was U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who, like Christie, is a potential contender for the GOP nomination for President in 2016. Christie evoked the terrorist attacks of September 11, saying, “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”[26]

Sen. Paul responded on Twitter, writing, "Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional."[27]

Endorsement in New Jersey Senate special election

Gov. Christie endorsed Steve Lonegan (R) in the special election on August 20, 2013. In the endorsement he said, "Steve, as usual, ran the type of spirited, principled campaign that he has been known for his entire professional career in the primary,” Christie told a crowd sandwiched into a long room where the air conditioning was not working. “And I am proud to have him as our candidate for the United States Senate.”[28][29] “This will not be the only time Steve Lonegan and I will be together between now and Oct. 16,” Christie said. “The apparatus of the Republican Party is going to be behind Steve Lonegan."[29]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [30]

Recall effort

The first musings of an attempt to recall Christie came in 2010, when he had been in office less than six months. The group NJ Against Chris Christie announced plans to mount a recall campaign against the governor for “Gross mismanagement of New Jersey finances by overspending taxpayers’ money, threatening public safety by cutting funds to local governments, failing to account for the exorbitant cost of property taxes, and failing in general to deal with the state’s major problems until they get to the crisis stage.” However, the effort did not materialize.[31]

In 2011, Timothy O'Neill announced his organization, NJ-CAN, would seek to recall Christie either in late 2011 or early 2012. They will need to gather signatures from 25 percent of the registered voters in New Jersey, approximately 1,317,000, to force a recall election.[32]

During the summer of 2011 some Democrats, including state party chair and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, had considered a full recall effort against Christie.[33] The plan was reportedly dropped due to fears that if the effort failed it could strengthen the governor and Republicans.[34]

Controversies

George Washington Bridge lane closures

A senior aide to Christie, along with two top political appointees, set up traffic jams in retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. While Christie originally denied his office could have anything to do with this, a series of e-mails and text messages were released showing the aides' involvement in traffic jams. In September 2013, two access lanes from Fort Lee into New York were closed by the aides and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, resulting in 4 days of gridlock for the area. The Democratic mayor of Fort Lee refused to endorse Christie in the 2013 elections.
Bridget Anne Kelly was fired for her involvement in the traffic jams. In an e-mail sent three weeks prior to the lane closures to David Wildstein, the appointee at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which operates the George Washington bridge, Kelly wrote "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Wildstein claims the lanes were closed as part of a traffic study.[35] Many of the New Jersey newspaper's front pages covered the controversy on January 9, questioning Christie's innocence in the scandal. Christie responded stating, “I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better.”[36]
State Assemblyman John Wisniewski is leading an investigation into the administration as he believes laws were broken in the closing of the access lanes for political retribution. "I do think laws have been broken," he said. "Public resources -- the bridge, police officers -- all were used for a political purpose, for some type of retribution, and that violates the law."[35]

Access to the Region's Core tunnel

In 2010, a committee was designated to estimate the costs of building a tunnel to connect New Jersey to Manhattan and ease traffic on the connecting interstate highways. The tunnel was referred to as the ARC, Access to the Region's Core, and was projected by an original steering committee to cost between $11 billion and $14 billion. A separate investigative non partisan committee, led by the Government Accountability Office, estimated that the costs would be between $9.5 billion and $12.4 billion. A third estimate, by New Jersey Transit Officials, estimated the tunnel would not cost more than $10 billion.[37]

The new tunnel would run new trains increasing the total number available from 23 to 48, and transport crowds between New Jersey and Manhattan. Christie originally endorsed the project, which was estimated to create 44,000-45,000 new and permanent jobs along with 5,700-6,000 temporary construction jobs.[38][39]

Christie’s office then said that federal officials had “confirmed” that the tunnel would cost from $10.8 billion to $13.7 billion. New Jersey officials disputed that estimate, saying the tunnel would cost no more than $10 billion, according to a Government Accountability Office report. [37]

Christie said to the Star-Ledger: "I refuse to compromise my principles, so when they want to build a tunnel to the basement of a Macy's and stick the New Jersey taxpayers with a bill of $3 to $5 billion over, no matter how much the administration yells and screams, you have to say no. You have to look them right in the eye, no matter how much they try to vilify you for it, and you have to say no. You have to be willing to say no to those things that compromise your principles." [39]

The cancellation ignited suspicion that there was an ulterior motive behind Christie's halt to the project. While Christie maintained that he wanted to avoid the state being held responsible for potentially billions of dollars from an over budget tunnel, others felt he had other plans for the money earmarked for the ARC. In an effort to avoid raising New Jersey's gas taxes, Christie spent some of the earmarked tunnel money to refinance the state transportation trust fund three months after the ARC project was cancelled.[38]

Construction had already started in Weehawkin, and the entrance to the tunnel, now referred to as the "Tunnel to Nowhere," had already been dug. Original projections showed construction would be completed in 2018, after which the tunnel would supposedly save commuters 23 minutes each way by eliminating train transfers. Penn Station's problems with overcrowding would also be lessened with the addition of a new station on west side of Manhattan and home values along the proposed new route would have increased due to their lessened travel time to Manhattan.[39]

Loan to Campaign Aide

During Christie's 2009 gubernatorial campaign it was revealed that Christie loaned $46,000 to Michele Brown, a person he referred to as a personal friend in need. Brown was a top aide in the prosecutor's office and not immediately connected to the gubernatorial campaign. However, as the aide, she was able to persuade FBI agents and prosecutors to set the arrest date for over 40 cases of corruption to occur prior to July 1st, the date his successor was set to take over the office, so that credit for the arrests could go solely to Christie.[38] Brown also was able to handle Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by the challenging candidates campaign, which included information on Christie's travel and expenses while he was the US attorney for New Jersey.[40]

Christie apologized for failing to report his loan to Brown on his tax returns and ethics filings and Brown resigned from the prosecutors office the same day the Justice Department was told to relieve her of her duties as the Freedom of Information Act request coordinator.[40]

Tourism ads

The $60 million federal grant supplied to New Jersey in the Sandy relief package included money to create a tourism ad for a stronger New Jersey after the hurricane. The ad featured Christie and his family on the beach and highlighted Christie's actions to rebuild the state. The 30 second video titled "Stronger than the storm" was viewed as a campaign ad by Christie's critics and he was accused of spending the federal money to promote his accomplishments rather than highlighting the state.[38]

The ad's integrity was brought further into question after it was revealed that the ad agency with the lowest bid, the Sigma Group, proposed a fee $2 million less than the winning ad agency, but did not commit to featuring Chris Christie in their ads and was not ultimately awarded the contact. The committee responsible for awarding the contract was later learned to be made up of many people who worked for the Christie administration, some who had previously worked for his campaign.[41][38]

State employee compensation reform

Christie received significant criticism for his successful effort to reform state employee compensation during the summer of 2011. Ultimately, Christie and his supporters in the state legislature were able to pass a bill eliminating cost of living adjustments for state employees and suspending collective bargaining over health care compensation. 21 Democratic legislators -- 8 senators, including Senate President Stephen Sweeney and 14 assemblymen -- broke ranks with their colleagues to support the governor's reform bill.

The reaction from state union leaders, who strongly opposed reform efforts, was fierce. Christopher Shelton, an executive at the Communication Workers of America, compared Christie and his supporters to German fascists. According to Shelton, "the first thing the Nazis and Adolf Hitler did was go after the unions," adding "Welcome to Nazi Germany."[42] The reform bill's Democratic supporters also faced retaliation from their erstwhile union allies; at an August meeting of the AFL-CIO labor union, members voted not to endorse Sweeney and Sen. Donald Norcross in their 2012 re-election campaigns.

Houston tribute

Following the premature death of Newark, New Jersey native Whitney Houston on February 11, 2012, Christie decided to pay tribute to the state's fallen icon by ordering the flags of government buildings to be flown at half-staff on the day of her funeral- a recognition ordinarily reserved for fallen servicemen and elected officials.

This deviation from custom, as well as Houston's highly-publicized struggle with substance abuse, raised many eyebrows, and in several cases incited indignation. Christie defended his decision by saying that Houston - a former resident of Christie's town of Mendham - was "a daughter of New Jersey, and an important part of the cultural fabric of this state.”[43] He responded directly to accusations that he was “glorifying a drug user,” sent him via Twitter and other social media outlets, by maintaining the gesture was not an endorsement of Houston's lifestyle choices.[44]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Putting to rest speculation that the rising GOP star was eying a higher office beyond his first term, Christie announced his bid for re-election as governor on November 26, 2012. He confirmed his candidacy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of New Jersey. The natural disaster offered the governor a critical opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills; regarding his decision to seek a second term in 2013, Christie said, "I have a job to finish that I never anticipated six weeks ago happening...I just don't believe it would be right for me to leave now."[45]

Christie handily defeated single challenger Seth Grossman in the Republican primary on June 4, 2013.[46] He then faced Democratic Party nominee Barbara Buono in the general election on November 5, 2013.[47] The incumbents scored 60.5% of the vote with the New York Times calling the election for Christie two minutes after the polls closed.[48]

  • General

On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) ticket(s) in the general election.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie & Kim Guadagno 60.3% 1,278,932
     Democratic Barbara Buono & Milly Silva 38.2% 809,978
     Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell 0.6% 12,155
     Independent Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini 0.4% 8,295
     Independent Diane Sare & Bruce Todd 0.2% 3,360
     Independent William Araujo & Maria Salamanca 0.2% 3,300
     Independent Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella 0.1% 2,784
     Independent Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne 0.1% 2,062
Total Votes 2,120,866
Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State
  • Primary
Governor of New Jersey Republican Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie Incumbent 91.9% 205,666
Seth Grossman 8.1% 18,095
Total Votes 223,761
Election Results Via:New Jersey Department of State.


Media

Endorsements

Christie's 2013 re-election campaign was endorsed by numerous individuals and organizations, included, but not limited to, the following:

  • Shaquille O'Neal[49]
  • National Pipefitters Union[50]
  • Mayor of Harrison Raymond McDonough (D)[51]
  • Harrison Town Council[51]
  • Port Authority Police Benevolent Association[52]
  • Latino Leadership Alliance PAC[53]
  • State Sen. and Union City mayor Brian Stack (D)
  • Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis (D)[54]

September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees jointly headlined a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.

According to an invitation that went out August 26, 2013, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson hosted the event September 23, 2013.[55] It was held at Johnson’s home.[55]

It was a dinner and reception with Gov. Christie, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Paul Ryan, who are listed as the “special guests.”[55]

It represented a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the party and it featured some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.[55]

Race background

Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls: Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.[56][57]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star had long been on the rise before going meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, adviser to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'"[58] Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[59]

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, 2009 successful teammate and current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate.[60][61] The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third party opponents in the general election contest that took place November 5, 2013.

Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season.[62][63] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[64] He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[65]

Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates is $380,000.[66] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[67] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt into the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.[67][68]

In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.[69] Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his - ultimately winning - Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to be steamrolled by Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal were taken virtually for granted on the eve of his second term re-election. To this extent, it is not easy to revisit early reports predicting Christie would be vulnerable to losing his seat in 2013 without feeling incredulous.[70]

Money in the campaign

Chris Christie[71] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJune 24, 2013$1,795,586.23$374,512.68$(2,016,343.59)$151,590.32
Running totals
$374,512.68$(2,016,343.59)

In New Jersey, qualified candidates who choose to accept public funds may not spend more than $12.2 million on their gubernatorial campaigns. The maximum amount of public funds that any candidate may receive is $8.2 million.[72] New Jersey employs a two-to-one matching program for qualified contributions. It is detailed in Title 19 Chapter 25 Sub Chapter 15 of the New Jersey State Statutes.

Polls

September 26-October 28

New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Monmouth University Poll
(September 26-29, 2013)
37%56%4.0%+/-4.0615
Fairleigh Dickenson Poll
(September 30, 2013-October 5, 2013)
25%58%15%+/-3.7702
Rasmussen Reports
(October 7, 2013)
34%55%7%+/-3.01,000
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 5-7, 2013)
33%62%4%+/-2.91,144
Stockton Institute Poll
(October 3-8, 2013)
28%61%11%+/-3.5800
Monmouth University Poll
(October 10-12, 2013)
38%59%3%+/-2.51,606
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 10-14, 2013)
33%62%5%+/-2.21,938
Rutgers Eagleton Poll (Likely Voters)
(October 7-13, 2013)
33%59%6%+/-4.1562
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 21-27, 2013)
31%64%5%+/-2.81,203
Stockton College Poll
(October 23-28, 2013)
32%56%8%+/-3.5804
AVERAGES 32.4% 59.2% 6.8% +/-3.22 1,037.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

April 19-September 22

New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
April 19-22, 2013
26%58%13%+/-2.91,112
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 28-May 2, 2013
28%60%10%+/-3.01,080
Quinnipiac University Poll
July 2-7, 2013
29%61%7%+/-3.01,068
Quinnipiac University Poll
August 1-5, 2013
30%58%8%+/-2.22,042
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll
August 15-18, 2013
36%56%6%+/-3.5777
Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll
August 21-27, 2013
26%50%24%+/-3.7700
Rasmussen Reports Poll
September 10-11, 2013
32%58%8%+/-3.0999
Rutgers-Eagleton Poll
September 3-9, 2013
35%55%8%+/-4.1568
Stockton Poll
September 15-21, 2013
30%58%9%+/-3.4812
Quinnipiac University Poll
September 19-22, 2013
30%64%6%+/-2.81,249
AVERAGES 30.2% 57.8% 9.9% +/-3.16 1,040.7
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2009

Christie first won election in 2009, unseating incumbent governor Jon Corzine. He ran on a ticket with Kim Guadagno.[73]

Governor and Lt. Governor of New Jersey, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie and Kim Guadagno 48.5% 1,174,445
     Democratic Jon Corzine and Loretta Weinberg Incumbent 44.9% 1,087,731
     Independent Christopher Daggett and Frank Esposito 5.8% 139,579
     Independent Kenneth Kaplan and John Paff 0.2% 4,830
     Independent Gary Steele and Theresa Nevins 0.1% 3,585
     Independent Jason Cullen and Gloria Leustek 0.1% 2,869
     Independent David Meiswinkle and Noelani Musicaro 0.1% 2,598
     Independent Kostas Petris and Kevin Davies 0.1% 2,563
     Independent Gregory Pason and Costantino Rozzo 0.1% 2,085
     Independent Gary Stein and Cynthia Stein 0.1% 1,625
     Independent Joshua Leinsdorf and Ubaldo Figliola 0% 1,021
     Independent Alvin Lindsay, Jr. and Eugene Harley 0% 753
     (None) Personal Choice 0% 108
Total Votes 2,423,792

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Christie is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Christie raised a total of $16,091,562 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[74]

Chris Christie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey Governor Not up for election $-166,764
2009 New Jersey Governor Won $16,258,326
Grand Total Raised $16,091,562

2009

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Personal

He has been married since 1986 to Mary Pat Christie, nee Foster, whom he met at the University of Delaware. They have four children and reside in Mendham, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Corzine (D)
Governor of New Jersey
2010-present
Succeeded by
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