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Timeline: Chris Christie


Events in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's life and career

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 $3billion 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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