Political Ideology Chris Christie
Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey. The son of Sondra A. (née Grasso) and Wilbur James "Bill" Christie, a certified public accountant. Christie's family moved to Livingston New Jersey after the 1967 Newark riots, and Christie lived in Livingston until he graduated from high school in 1980. Christie served, as class president, Christie’s father and mother were Republican and Democratic. He has credited his Democratic-leaning mother for indirectly making him a Republican by encouraging him in 1977 to volunteer for the gubernatorial candidate who became his role model: Tom Kean.
He is the 55th governor of New Jersey. He has been the governor since January 2010, and was re-elected for a second term in the 2013 election. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1984 and earned a J.D at Seton Hall University School of Law. He was elected county legislator in Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998, during which time he generally pushed for lower taxes and lower spending. By 2002, Christie had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him as United States Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. In January 2009, Christie declared his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He won the Republican primary, and defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine in the election that November. In 2013, he won re-election as Governor, defeating Democrat Barbara Buono by a margin of over 22%. He was sworn in to a second term as governor on January 21, 2014.