Chris Christie announces his run for the Presidency.
Christopher James “Chris” Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician and attorney. He is a member of the Republican Party and has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. His term ends January 16, 2018.
Born in Newark, Christie volunteered for Thomas Kean‘s 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 1987–2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving 1995–1998. 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 2002–2008.
Christie won the 2009 Republican primary for Governor of New Jersey, defeating the incumbent in the general election. He was re-elected in 2013. After the start of his second term as governor, Christie’s 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 December 2016, this had slipped to just 19%.