New Jersey governor Chris Christie was particularly busy in 2013. In addition to running the Garden State, he was running for reelection. On November 5, he won a second term in a landslide victory. He became the first Republican candidate in 25 years to earn more than 50% of New Jersey's vote. Many people think he’s already planning to run for an even higher office. They believe he will seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016.
During his first term, Christie showed he could work with political opponents for the benefit of his state. This was especially clear in the fall of 2012, after Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction in New Jersey. Christie worked with President Barack Obama, a Democrat, on disaster relief efforts. He even praised Obama publicly for all of his help.
Christie’s first term was also marked by public disputes with those who did not agree with his policies. One example was the New Jersey Education Association, a labor union representing public-school teachers in the state. The union protested education reforms that Christie put in place, as well as cuts to the state’s education budget. In defending his policies—sometimes getting into face-to-face arguments with people—Christie received both criticism and support.
Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, on September 6, 1962. After graduating from the University of Delaware and Seton Hall University of Law, he worked as a lawyer in Cranford, New Jersey. He also entered politics, serving as an elected “freeholder,” or county official, in Morris County. From 2002 through 2008, Christie was the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. In that position, he gained a reputation as a crusader against political corruption, corporate crime, gang violence, terrorism, and environmental pollution. In 2009, Christie was elected governor. He and his wife, Mary Pat, are the parents of four children, Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget.
For devoting himself to leading his state, running a successful reelection campaign, and becoming one of the nation’s most talked-about politicians, Governor Chris Christie is a nominee for TFK’s 2013 Person of the Year.
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