Political Ideology: Chris Christie

Rachael Zeamer

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Background Information

Christopher James "Chris" Christie was born September 6, 1962. Christie is the 55th Governor of New Jersey. He has been governor since January 2010 and was re-elected for a second term in the 2013 election. Christie is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Sondra A. and Wilbur James Christie, a certified public accountant. Christie's family moved to Livingston, New Jersey after the 1967 Newark riots. Christie lived in Livingston until he graduated from Livingston High School in 1980, where he served as class president, and played catcher for the baseball team. Christie graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1984. Later, in 1987, he graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a J.D. In his free-time he likes to coach little league, cheer for the New York Mets, and attend Bruce Springsteen concerts (over 120 of them).

Christie started his political career as a relatively brash freeholder in Morris County, where he was a moderate Republican who regulary supported pro-choice positions. An ambitious newcomer to the state GOP politics, Christie almost immediately began laying plans for a run for State Assembly, even if it meant challenging well-established party regulars who stood in his way. Despite some early setbacks, however, Chris Christie remains a popular figure in New Jersey. As the 2012 presidential election neared, many political observers nationwide considered Christie a strong candidate for the Republican party, but he never ran for president. Christie also helped lead his state through difficult times. The New Jersey shore was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Just as the state was healing from the hurricane's devastation, the town of Seaside Park saw much of its boardwalk go up in flames the following September.

Political Ideology


Chris Christie views best depict him as a conservative because of his views on gun control, immigration, gay-marriage, and abortion. Christie does support gun control because, being the governor of New Jersey he wants his people to be protected, but he is concerned about the safety of police officers on the street. About a month ago, Christie said, "you go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them." Christie said that he wants FedEx founder Fred Smith to come and work for the government to show U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) how to set up a system for tracking people. Many think his idea would be laughable if he were not serious and that process would be impossible and inhumane. The state of New Jersey, prior to June 26, 2015, is one of two states in the entire northeast without gay marriage (Christie vetoed a gay marriage bill). Planned Parenthood clinics have solely closed because of Chris Christie, and he has rejected state funding 5 times.

Evidence #1

Chris Christie explaining why he is pro-life.
E16 - Chris Christie - Abortion

Evidence #2

Christie may have changed his views on gun use in the United States, but he still feels people need to be protected and supports gun control.
Christie defends changing gun control position

Evidence #3

Christie explains in this video how the government should have less authority and the people should make more decisions, such as keeping gay marriage legal.
Governor Christie On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage