New Jersey Governor Chris James Christie lands in SFGN’s White House Watch this week as speculation begins to swirl as to if the head of the Republican Governors Association will mount a campaign for the Oval Office.
Christie, New Jersey Governor since 2010, is often mentioned as a candidate in the large GOP field. He gave the party’s keynote speech during the 2012 national convention in Tampa. Later that year, he inserted himself into the general election campaign by meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in New Jersey to deal with the natural disaster known as Hurricane Super storm Sandy. This move angered the Mitt Romney campaign and some analysts believe it cost Romney the election.
Christie, 51, is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and has served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey since 2002. He is a graduate of Seton Hall School of Law, is married to wife Mary Pat and has four children.
If he decides to run for U.S. President, Christie would be one of the more qualified candidates although he would be faced with questions concerning his role in shutting down a bridge to Fort Lee, a blunt style of public interaction and a propensity to solve problems in big government fashion.
In terms of gay and lesbian issues, Christie is a moderate. He has banned conversion therapy programs in New Jersey, recognizing that being gay is innate. As a Catholic, Christie believes marriage is between one man and one woman and he vetoed legislation to enact same-sex marriage in New Jersey, preferring the state offer civil unions instead.