Case Study: Chris Christie

Governor of NJ, 2016 Presidential Candidate

Cassie Aloisi

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General Information

Christopher James "Chris" Christie, born September 6th 1962, is the 55th governor of New Jersey (currently in his second term in office). Christie originates from Newark, New Jersey and began his political journey at the young age of 15. He attended the University of Delaware and furthered his education at Seton Hall University School of Law. Christie joined a lawfirm based in Cranford, New Jersey and eventually became a partner within the company. He campaigned and supported both George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush at the time of their presidential races and found himself to be appointed as United States Attorney of New Jersey. He assumed this title between 2002-2008.


In winter of 2009, Christie announced he would be running for candidacy, hoping to fulfill the role as governor of New Jersey. After winning the Republican primary he went on to surpass the incumbent governor (Jon Corzine). After serving one term Christie felt he should continue on his legacy and ran and won a second term in office. His presidential trek began to rise when he was seen as a potential candidate during the 2012 election, although not yet running, he was a keynote speaker at the 2012 National Republican Convention. Chris Christie has declared his running for the 2016 Presidential election, seeking the Republican nomination.

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Political Ideology: CONSERVATIVE

Chris Christie's political ideology can best be described as CONSERVATIVE. He is evidently fiscally conservative and tends to take more traditional stances on social issues.

Support #1: Christie Speaking at 2015 CPAC on Pro-Life

Stated by Christie, "pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it." This emphasizes and supports his Conservative values.
E16 - Chris Christie - Abortion

Support #2: Christie's View on Government Spending

Chris Christie is Conservative when it comes to government spending. He takes the time to evaluate projects and costs. He understand why the proposed rail tunnel was a way to reduce an everyday problem (overcrowding), but also understand the debt it would put on the state of New Jersey.
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Support #3: Christie Endorses Traditional Marriage

"In February 2012 Christie vetoed a bill passed by the New jersey legislature that would legalize gay marriage, stating that it was something he believed should be decided via referendum. However, in October 2013, he removed his opposition for the bill, allowing New Jersey to become the 14th state to legalize gay marriage." -from HubPages
Governor Christie On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage