Christopher James Chris Christie is an American politician, lobbyist and attorney
He is a member of the Republican Party and has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. His second and final term ends on January 16, 2018.
Born in Newark, Christie volunteered for Thomas Keans gubernatorial campaign at age 15. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J.D. at Seton Hall. He practiced law from 1987 to 2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998. By 2002, he had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008.
Christie won the 2009 Republican primary for Governor of New Jersey, defeating the incumbent Jon Corzine in the general election. During his first term, he was credited with cutting spending, capping property tax growth, and was praised for his response to and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2013. After the start of his second term as governor, Christies standing was damaged by the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. Since then, he has ranked among the least popular governors in the United States; for example, a September 2016 poll found that he was the third least popular governor in the country, with an approval rating of 29%. By January 2017, this had slipped to just 17%.