Unless you lived in New Jersey, the average American first heard the name Chris Christie in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The media relentlessly covered this governor’s push for relief funds to be sent to his devastated home state. People also remember him speaking at the Republican Convention in 2012 to gear himself up for a presidential run. But before all that, Governor Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1962. He became a lawyer after high school. But Christie turned to politics after volunteering for H.W. Bush’s reelection campaign. From there, he exposed corruption as a freeholder, served as George Bush’s campaign lawyer, and eventually became the State Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
He then went on to become the Governor of New Jersey in 2010. During his tenure, Christie passed bills like the NJ Dream Act, a bill that allowed immigrant children who attended high school for three years a path to citizenship. He also banned hydraulic fracturing, vetoed a gay marriage bill while also banning forced conversion therapy, and passed a bill supporting medical marijuana. Christie’s currently embellished in a scandal in which Democrats claim that his administration closed the Fort Lee Bridge as a means of political revenge.
FINANCIAL AID / STUDENT LOANS / COST OF EDUCATION
An article on Christie’s views against free college
An article about Christie’s view on reforming financial aid systems
Christie’s views on the economy
CNN reports New Jersey does not have a good economy.
APPROACH TO TERRORISM / EXTREMIST GROUPS
Chris Christie on homeland security and America’s military involvement
Christie’s history of prosecuting terrorists during his time as a state attorney