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Timeline: Chris Christie


1962
Christopher J. Christie is born in Newark. He grows up in Livingston, N.J., 20 miles west of Manhattan.

1984
Graduates from University of Delaware.

1986
Marries Mary Pat Foster, a fellow Delaware alum. They go on to have four children.

1987
Graduates from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.

1993
Makes partner at the politically connected law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci of Cranford.

1994
Elected to Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county legislature.

1995
Challenges an incumbent in the Republican primary for a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly but loses.

1998
Defeated in Republican primary for the Morris County freeholder post after party puts up a rival candidate.

2000
As a registered lobbyist, becomes a Pioneer fund-raiser for George W. Bush's Presidential election campaign.

2002
Bush names him U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. A law partner says he helped by sending Christie's résumé to Bush adviser Karl Rove.

2002-2008
Chalks up 130 convictions or guilty pleas of public officials, including former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and Democratic Party bosses.

2009
Wins election as governor, defeating incumbent Jon Corzine, a former CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Jan. 19
Sworn in as governor.

Feb. 11
Declares a state of emergency and impounds $2.2 billion of funds already appropriated by the legislature.

March 16
To close an $11 billion deficit, proposes a $29 billion budget that has no new taxes. It cuts aid to localities and schools, lays off 1,300 employees, and skips a $3 billion pension contribution.

April
Egged on by Christie, who said teachers didn't sacrifice enough, voters reject a record 59 percent of school budgets.

May 20
Vetoes a $700 million "millionaire's tax" on high-income residents.

May 22
Public-sector unions stage a march on Trenton.

June 29
Christie's budget passes nearly intact after Democrats, who control both houses, choose not to fight.

July 13
Signs a bill capping property taxes at 2 percent. The compromise measure allows some exemptions he had opposed, such as for natural disasters.


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