Chris Christie is the Republican governor of New Jersey and is often mentioned as a likely candidate for president or vice president of the United States in the 2016 election. His political style has been described as being both aggressive and occasionally brash.
Christie began his political career at the county government level in New Jersey and ascended to national prominence after helping to raise money for George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign and unseating Jon Corzine, a well funded New Jersey governor, in 2009. He is up for re-election in the 2013 elections.
Here's a summary of Christie's political career.
Christie's first elected position was as a freeholder in Morris County, N.J., for a three-year term from 1995 through 1997. He lost a re-election bid in 1997, and had lost an earlier run for the state General Assembly.
he lost his 1995 re-election campaign
On of the most little-known details about Christie's political career is his short stint as a lobbyist. Christie worked as a lobbyist at the state level in New Jersey from 1999 to 2001. Published reported indicate he lobbied state lawmakers on behalf of energy companies.
Christie was a major fundraiser for Republican George W. Bush's campaign for president in 2000. Christie first got involve in the former Texas's governor's campaign by volunteering as an attorney, authors Bob Ingle and Michael G. Symons write in Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power. Christie and his allies helped to raise more than $500,000 for the Bush campaign, the authors wrote.
Bush nominated Christie for U.S. attorney in New Jersey after taking office in 2001, a move that generated some criticism given Christie's work for the campaign. Cynics believed Christie had been given the job as a reward for helping to get Bush elected.
Once confirmed for the post by the U.S. Senate, Christie quickly took on public corruption in New Jersey, a state whose politicians are often cited as being among the most corrupt in the nation. Christie often cites his convictions of more than 130 public officials of both major political parties, and the fact that he did not lose any of the cases he initiated against public corruption.
Christie served as a U.S. attorney in New Jersey from January 2002 through November 2008.
Governor of New Jersey
Christie first won election as New Jersey governor on Nov. 3, 2009. He beat incumbent Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat, and Independent candidate Chris Daggett. Christie became the 55th governor of the Garden State on Jan. 19, 2010. His tenure has been notable for his work closing the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit, battles with public school-teacher unions, and controversial budget cuts.
Rumored 2012 Presidential Candidate
Christie was widely believed to have been strongly considering a run for president in the 2012 election, but announced he would not enter the race in October 2011. "New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me," he said at a news conference called to announce his decision. Christie endorsed 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for president a short time later.
Almost 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate
Christie reportedly was Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's first choice for a running mate in the 2012 election. The political news source Politico.com reported that Romney advisers believed Christie had already been offered the job. "Mitt liked him because he saw him as a street fighter," a Romney official told Politico. "It’s the kind of political mentality that Romney doesn’t have, but admires. He wanted someone who could play the Chicago game on its own terms."