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[Editor's Note: On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, Chris Christie announced the suspension of his presidential campaign in a Facebook post. He stated, "I ran for president with the message that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government. And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed - that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that's ok. I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I've lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know what will happen. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics - you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I'm so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way. Mary Pat and I thank you for the extraordinary display of loyalty, friendship, understanding and love."]


Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey






Full Name: Christopher James Christie
Birthdate: Sep. 6, 1962
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four
Religion: Roman Catholic

Involvement:
  • Governor, New Jersey, Jan. 19, 2010-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Dec. 1987-present
  • Keynote Speaker, Republican National Convention, 2012
  • US District Attorney, New Jersey, Jan. 17, 2002-Dec. 1, 2008
  • Officer, Christie Family Foundation, 1999-2001
  • Director, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1997-1998
  • Member, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1994-1998
  • Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, 1993-2001
  • Associate, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, 1987-1993
  • Student Body President, University of Delaware, 1984

Education:
  • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, University of Delaware, 1984
  • Attended Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Recipient, Father of the Year award, Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, 2014
  • Former Board Member, United Way of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Family Services of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Morris County Board of Social Services
  • Former Chairman, Morris County Insurance Commission
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Daytop Village

Other:
  • Christie is of Irish and Sicilian descent
  • Was a lobbyist for energy companies in 1998
  • Top fundraiser for George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000
  • Prosecuted over 130 public officials for corruption while US Attorney