Political Ideology: Chris Christie

Sara Kontra

Background Information

Chris Christie was born September 6, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey. He served as class president and played on the baseball team at Livingston High School until he graduated in 1980. He studied at the University of Delaware and graduated in 1984. He met his wife there and they married in 1986. Then he went to Seton Hall University School of Law where he earned a J.D. He then joined a law firm in 1987 and continued to practice until 2002. He was county legislator from 1995 until 1998. He campaigned for George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. George W. Bush made him The United States Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008. During that time he emphasized federal crimes such as racketeering by gangs, prosecutions of political corruption, and also obtained convictions for sexual slavery and arms trafficking. A Year later he declared his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He won the republican primary and in 2013 won the re-election. Christie is now a candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

Political Ideology


The views expressed by Chris Christie are mostly conservative. Although some of his views do lean more towards the left, the majority of his opinions are conservative. His views on important and frequently talked about issues like same-sex marriage, abortion, and the death penalty all go along with the conservative side.

Example #1

Same-Sex Marriage

Chris Christie's views on same sex marriage are conservative. He said that he would veto any bill legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey. The video clip below shows Christie expressing his views on it and why he feels the way he does.
Chris Christie's views on gay marriage

Example #2


Chris Christies views on abortion were originally pro-choice. When he had his daughter however, his views changed and he became pro-life. In the next video clip he strongly states his position on abortion.
Chris Christie on Abortion

Example #3


Chris Chrisite believes that illegal immigrants should not be rewarded or allowed to work in this country. This goes along with the conservative views on immigration. People with a conservative view only support legal immigration and believe that illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as someone who does come into the country legally. The video clip below shows Christie stating this opinion himself.
Christie: Don’t reward illegal immigrants