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Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 19, 2010 - Present
Years in position 5
PredecessorJon Corzine (D)
Base salary$175,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2009
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Campaign $$16,091,562
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
US Attorney for the District of New Jersey
January 2002 – December 2008
High schoolLivingston High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware (1984)
J.D.Seton Hall University (1987)
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1962
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 is running for 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 will face Democratic nominee Barbara Buono and several third party challengers in the general election, which takes 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]


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.[8]


  • 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.

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.[9] New Jersey is one of thirty two states to opt out of a state-based program.[10] On February 15, 2013, Christie formally announced that New Jersey would not create its own healthcare exchange, ceding that authority to the federal government.[11]

  • 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.[12] [13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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.[17] The day before the poll was released, Christie announced his bid for re-election.[18]

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, New Jersey Governor Chris 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.[19] 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."

Presidential preference


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

Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

During the summer of 2011 some Democrats, including state party chair and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, had considered a full recall effort against Christie.[23] The plan was reportedly dropped due to fears that if the effort failed it could strengthen the governor and Republicans.[24]


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."[25] 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 Whitey 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.”[26] 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.[27]



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."[28]

Christie handily defeated single challenger Seth Grossman in the Republican primary on June 4, 2013.[29] He will face Democratic Party nominee Barbara Buono in the general election on November 5, 2013.[30]

  • 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.


"Timeline" - Christie's third TV spot of the campaign, released May 22, 2013

"MEET Barbara Buono" - Second attack ad from Christie campaign, released May 17, 2013

"Barbara Buono Refuses To Rule Out Raising Taxes As Governor," - attack ad released by ChristieforNJ, May 16, 2013


Christie's 2013 re-election campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:

  • National Pipefitters Union[31]
  • Mayor of Harrison Raymond McDonough (D)[32]
  • Harrison Town Council[32]
  • Port Authority Police Benevolent Association[33]
  • Latino Leadership Alliance PAC[34]
  • State Sen. and Union City mayor Brian Stack (D)
  • Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis (D)[35]

Money in the campaign

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.[36] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[37] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie said that he will not use matching funds in the 2013 primary.[37]

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.[38] 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.

Race background

Election rating

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.[39] 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 successful — Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to face Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal made him a formidable opponent in the election.[40]


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 percent of the vote.[41][42]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first-term governor, whose profile rose following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor 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.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[43]

Selection of running mates

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, 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.[44][45] 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 on 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.[46][47] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[48] He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumbered Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[49]

Public financing

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 was $380,000.[50] 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.[37] 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 in to 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.[37][51]


New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
April 19-22, 2013
NBC News/Marist Poll
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
AVERAGES 27% 59% 11.5% +/-2.95 1,096
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.


Christie first won election in 2009, unseating incumbent governor Jon Corzine. He ran on a ticket with Kim Guadagno.[52]

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.[53]

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


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Chris Christie's donors each year.[54] Click [show] for more information.


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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  1. PolitickerNJ.com, "Buono: Together we can create a better New Jersey," June 4, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Governor Christopher 'Chris' J. Christie's Biography," accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Biography.com, " Chris Christie," accessed March 16, 2013
  4. Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  5. USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
  6. USA Today, "Polls show Christie riding high after Sandy response," November 27, 2012
  7. The Week, "Why CPAC didn't invite GOP star Chris Christie," February 26, 2013
  8. NJ.com, "Christie makes Time's Top 100 most influential list for second time," April 18, 2013
  9. The Associated Press, "New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoes state-run health exchange bill," December 6, 2012
  10. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  11. Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger, "Christie to let Obama create health insurance exchange," February 15, 2013
  12. ‘’NJ.com, “Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say,” February 26, 2013
  13. ‘’Sabato’s Crystal Ball, “2013-2014 Gubernatorial races,” March 4, 2013
  14. ‘’Think Progress.org, “Christie to support Medicaid expansion,” February 26, 2013
  15. Asbury Park Press, "For Christie, a delicate dance on gun control," January 23, 2013
  16. New Jersey Spotlight, "The Politics of Gun Control: Christie Aims for the Center," January 18, 2013
  17. Quinnipiac University Poll, "Sandy Response Sends New Jersey Gov Approval Sky-High, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Stricter Codes For Shore Rebuilding," November 27, 2012
  18. USA Today, "New Jersey Governor Christie announces re-election bid," November 27, 2012
  19. Philly.com, "Christie conditionally vetoes minimum-wage hike", January 29, 2013
  20. Fox News "Christie Endorses Romney Ahead of GOP Debate," October 11, 2011
  21. New Jersey Newsroom, "N.J. Gov. Chris Christie could face recall election in 2012," August 12, 2011
  22. Collingswood Patch, "Collingswood Resident Seeks to Recall Gov. Christie," August 19, 2011
  23. The Star-Ledger, "Democrats considered recalling Gov. Chris Christie," August 21, 2011
  24. Politico, "Report: Top Democrat eyed Christie recall," August 22, 2011
  25. NJ.com, "Union leader compares Gov. Christie to Hitler at pension reform protest," June 16, 2011.
  26. Associated Press,"Christie strongly defends lowering flags," February 16, 2012
  27. The New York Times, "Christie spars on twitter over Houston Honor", February 15, 2012
  28. USA Today, "New Jersey Governor Christie announces re-election bid," November 27, 2012
  29. Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  30. USA Today, "New Jersey Governor Christie announces re-election bid," November 27, 2012
  31. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pipefitters
  32. 32.0 32.1 NJ.com, "Harrison's Democratic leaders endorse Christie without tipping county Dem Party officials," February 1, 2013
  33. NJ.com, "Christie endorsed by Port Authority police union," January 22, 2013
  34. Fox News Latino, "Chris Christie Nabs Endorsement of New Jersey Latino Group," February 28, 2013
  35. The Huffington Post, "Chris Christie Reelection Backed Increasingly By Democrats," May 23, 2013
  36. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
  38. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Press Release," June 19, 2012
  39. Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
  40. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  41. NJToday, "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
  42. Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  43. NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
  44. NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
  45. NJ.com, "Buono announces Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor pick," July 29, 2013
  46. PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  47. NJ News 12, "Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ," accessed April 15, 2013
  48. RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
  49. New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
  50. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  51. NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
  52. New Jersey Department of State, "Official tallies: Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, November 3, 2009 - General election," retrieved April 20, 2012
  53. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Chris Christie," accessed May 22, 2013
  54. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
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Jon Corzine (D)
Governor of New Jersey
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