Chris Christie is a politician who is the 55th Governor of New Jersey, serving since 2010. He became the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in 12 years.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Chris Christie is the graduate of the University of Delaware and Seton Hall University School of Law. In 1987 Christie worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected as a Freeholder of Morris County, New Jersey, where he served from 1995 to 1998. In 1998 Christie registered as a lobbyist, working for the legal representation firm Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci. President George W. Bush appointed Christie as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2002, serving in that position until his resignation 2008.
In January 2009, Chris Christie filed as a candidate for Governor of New Jersey. He won the Republican Primary with 55% of the vote, and defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine, with 48% of the vote in the New Jersey gubernatorial election. Christie, who was seen as possible candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election but declined to run, delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Some view Christie as a leading contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.
In 1998 Chris Christie registered as a lobbyist for the firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, alongside fellow partner and later, gubernatorial campaign fundraiser Bill Palatucci. Between 1999 and 2001, Christie and Palatucci lobbied on behalf of, among others, GPU Energy for deregulation of New Jersey’s electric and gas industry; the Securities Industry Association to block the inclusion of securities fraud under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act; Hackensack University Medical Center for state grants, and the University of Phoenix for a New Jersey higher education license.
How Chris Christie Made His Money – Politics
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million
Birthday: September 6, 1962
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