Political Ideology: Chris Christie
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.
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.