Christopher James "Chris" Christie is an American politician and attorney.
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He is a member of the Republican Party and has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010.
A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a non-sovereign or sub-national level of government, ranking under the head of state.
New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
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Born in Newark in 1962, Christie volunteered for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Thomas Kean when he was fifteen years old.
Thomas Howard "Tom" Kean, Sr. is an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 48th Governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Delaware, Christie earned a J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law.
The Seton Hall University School of Law is part of Seton Hall University, and is located in downtown Newark, New Jersey.
Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey, United States.
The University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware.
Christie joined a Cranford, New Jersey, law firm in 1987, became a partner in 1993, and continued practicing until 2002.
A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law.
By 2002, Christie had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him as United States Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
George Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.
He won the Republican primary, and defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine in the election that November.
In 2013, he won re-election as governor, defeating Democrat Barbara Buono, and was sworn in to a second term on January 21, 2014.
On November 21, 2013, Christie was elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
The Republican Governors Association is a Washington, D.C.-based 527 organization founded in 1963, consisting of U.S. state and territorial Republican governors.
Christie was seen as a potential candidate in the 2012 presidential election; although he ultimately did not run, he was on the shortlist to be the running mate of nominee Mitt Romney, and was also the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
The 2012 Republican National Convention was a gathering held by the U.S. Republican Party during which delegates officially nominated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for President and Vice President, respectively, for the 2012 election.
Willard Mitt Romney, better known as Mitt Romney, is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
2012 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium, the 12th year of the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.
On June 30, 2015, Christie announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
He suspended his candidacy on February 10, 2016, and later endorsed eventual nominee Donald Trump for president.
In May 2016, Trump named Christie to head the transition team preparing for a potential Trump administration.