Christopher James "Chris" Christie (b. 1962) is the current Republican governor of New Jersey. He attended college at the University of Delaware and Seton Hall University School of Law before becoming a partner in a law firm. In 2002 Christie was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey by George W. Bush where he earned a reputation for cracking down on corruption and later went on to become governor of the state in 2010.
Despite saying he's not going to run, there were many Republicans who wished to see the moderately conservative Christie run for their party's nomination for the 2012 election. Christie endorsed former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney for President, and gave the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention (the speech turned to be a plug for himself, somehow), but has said he will not be a candidate at a contested convention.
 The bad
Like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Christie believes that the way to improve public services, particularly education, is to smash the public-sector unions. In this, he has an unusual ally — Stephen Sweeney, the Democratic leader of the state Senate and the head of a local ironworkers' union. So much for labor solidarity.
 The so-so
Christie's environmental record is mixed. On one hand, he tried to weaken the state's Department of Environmental Protection on the grounds that it was killing businesses, and withdrew the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). On the other, he believes in green, renewable energy instead of offshore drilling, supporting tax credits for offshore wind farms and allowing the construction of solar arrays on farmland. Yes, a Republican who believes in global warming, as hard as that may be to believe.
 The good
Christie, as a New Jerseyan and a half-Italian American, has trashed the makers of Jersey Shore and blocked them from receiving $420,000 worth of tax credits to film in the state, meaning that all production costs now have to come out of MTV's pocket. Sure, this may be keeping jobs out of the state, but do you really want to have anything associated with Jersey Shore on your resumé?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy destroying the Jersey Shore, Christie put partisan politics aside and praised Barack Obama's handling of the recovery (on Fox News, no less), to the point where some felt that he was throwing Mitt Romney, who he had previously endorsed, under the bus. He has now been effectively declared a RINO.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 State of New Jersey: Governor Christie
- ↑ http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/26/christie-contested-convention-possible-but-not-likely/
- ↑ On the Issues: Chris Christie
- ↑ CNN: N.J. governor vetoes same-sex marriage bill
- ↑ Will, George F. "Bringing Thunder-ous change to New Jersey." The Washington Post, 22 April 2010.
- ↑ A program among all the Northeastern states (except Pennsylvania and, now, NJ) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a cap and trade program. Pennsylvania acted as an observer, as did the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. More information here
- ↑ Christie on appointing a Muslim to a superior court. (Don't read the comments section if you want to maintain your faith in humanity.)
- ↑ "Governor vetoes tax break for 'Jersey Shore'." Reuters, 27 September 2011.
- ↑ Yahoo! News. "Hurricane Sandy: Is Chris Christie Throwing Romney Under the Bus?"
- ↑ Cassidy, John. "Romney Has a Christie Problem and a FEMA Problem." The New Yorker, 30 October 2012.
- ↑ Murdoch calls the whambulance