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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rose to prominence as a US attorney before taking charge of the Garden State in 2010. The Republican, known for his quick temper and blunt communication style, ran for president in 2016 and is often in the national spotlight.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rose to prominence as a US attorney before taking charge of the Garden State in 2010. The Republican, known for his quick temper and blunt communication style, ran for president in 2016 and is often in the national spotlight.

Christie, right, stands with his brother, Todd, in this old photo <a href=he posted to Instagram in October 2015. Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1962. His family later moved to Livingston, New Jersey, where he attended high school before enrolling at the University of Delaware. ” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170706115246-11-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_1600,h_899,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie, right, stands with his brother, Todd, in this old photo he posted to Instagram in October 2015. Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1962. His family later moved to Livingston, New Jersey, where he attended high school before enrolling at the University of Delaware.

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Christie met his wife, Mary Pat, at the University of Delaware. Christie <a href=posted this picture of them together in 2015, 30 years after it was taken. The two were married in 1986, and they have four children.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170706114844-09-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_1600,h_900,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie met his wife, Mary Pat, at the University of Delaware. Christie posted this picture of them together in 2015, 30 years after it was taken. The two were married in 1986, and they have four children.

While serving as the US attorney for New Jersey from 2002-2008, Christie prosecuted more than 130 public officials for corruption. Here, he speaks to the media about an FBI sting in August 2003.

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While serving as the US attorney for New Jersey from 2002-2008, Christie prosecuted more than 130 public officials for corruption. Here, he speaks to the media about an FBI sting in August 2003.

Christie greets supporters in Parsippany, New Jersey, after he defeated incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in November 2009. He won by nearly four percentage points.

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Christie greets supporters in Parsippany, New Jersey, after he defeated incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in November 2009. He won by nearly four percentage points.

Christie is flanked by his wife and their children as they attend the dedication of Empty Sky, a 9/11 memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey, in September 2011.

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Christie is flanked by his wife and their children as they attend the dedication of Empty Sky, a 9/11 memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey, in September 2011.

Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address on the first night of the Republican National Convention in 2012. <a href=During his speech, Christie argued that the American people should focus on ideas rather than rhetoric. He also outlined differences between Republicans and Democrats on governing philosophy while highlighting his bipartisan achievements, such as balancing the state’s budget and reforming the pension and health benefit system.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/150408170429-2012-august-rnc.jpg?q=w_2104,h_1183,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address on the first night of the Republican National Convention in 2012. During his speech, Christie argued that the American people should focus on ideas rather than rhetoric. He also outlined differences between Republicans and Democrats on governing philosophy while highlighting his bipartisan achievements, such as balancing the state’s budget and reforming the pension and health benefit system.

Christie talks to Mitt Romney aboard Romney's campaign bus in October 2012. He was among those vetted to be Romney's running mate, but Romney went with US Rep. Paul Ryan.

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Christie talks to Mitt Romney aboard Romney’s campaign bus in October 2012. He was among those vetted to be Romney’s running mate, but Romney went with US Rep. Paul Ryan.

Christie updates the public about damage and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

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Christie updates the public about damage and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Christie greets President Barack Obama, who arrived in New Jersey to visit areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. The two <a href=toured devastated beach towns together. “I think the people of New Jersey recognize that (Christie) has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. I want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership,” Obama said.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/150408172314-christie-2012-hurricane-sandy-obama.jpg?q=w_4200,h_2821,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie greets President Barack Obama, who arrived in New Jersey to visit areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. The two toured devastated beach towns together. “I think the people of New Jersey recognize that (Christie) has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. I want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership,” Obama said.

Christie walks with Britain's Prince Harry on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, in May 2013. The prince was on a weeklong US tour.

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Christie walks with Britain’s Prince Harry on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, in May 2013. The prince was on a weeklong US tour.

Christie waves to supporters after winning a second term as governor in November 2013. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by more than 20 percentage points.

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Christie waves to supporters after winning a second term as governor in November 2013. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by more than 20 percentage points.

At a March 2014 news conference, Christie <a href=speaks to the press about lane closures that snarled traffic for days at the George Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan, New York, to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It was alleged that Christie’s deputy chief of staff signaled for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to close the lanes to punish the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Christie during the election. Christie said he had no knowledge of any plot to close the lanes. He was never charged in the “Bridgegate” scandal, but two former officials linked to his office, including the deputy chief of staff, were convicted of using their power to close the lanes as an act of political revenge.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170709112329-16-chris-christie-career-gal-restricted.jpg?q=w_3500,h_1968,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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At a March 2014 news conference, Christie speaks to the press about lane closures that snarled traffic for days at the George Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan, New York, to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It was alleged that Christie’s deputy chief of staff signaled for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to close the lanes to punish the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Christie during the election. Christie said he had no knowledge of any plot to close the lanes. He was never charged in the “Bridgegate” scandal, but two former officials linked to his office, including the deputy chief of staff, were convicted of using their power to close the lanes as an act of political revenge.

Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

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Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

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Demonstrators stand with the word “Bridgegate” spelled out on their shirts during a town-hall event in Flemington, New Jersey, in March 2014.

Christie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, in September 2014.

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Christie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, in September 2014.

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Christie throws to first base during the “True Blue” celebrity softball game held at New York’s Yankee Stadium in June 2015. The charity event raised money to support the families of fallen New York police officers.

Christie visits with fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump during a commercial break of a Republican debate in February 2016. From the debate's outset, Christie pestered US Sen. Marco Rubio, left. His relentless attack against Rubio, who was surging in the polls, was one of <a href=the memorable takeaways of the night. ” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170705161532-04-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_3000,h_1687,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie visits with fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump during a commercial break of a Republican debate in February 2016. From the debate’s outset, Christie pestered US Sen. Marco Rubio, left. His relentless attack against Rubio, who was surging in the polls, was one of the memorable takeaways of the night.

Trump and Christie talk at a campaign rally in Hickory, North Carolina, in March 2016. A few weeks earlier, Christie had suspended his campaign and <a href=endorsed Trump for president. “There is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs,” he said.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170705161739-05-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_3229,h_1816,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Trump and Christie talk at a campaign rally in Hickory, North Carolina, in March 2016. A few weeks earlier, Christie had suspended his campaign and endorsed Trump for president. “There is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs,” he said.

Christie delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention in July 2016. <a href=Christie’s speech was heavily critical of the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee. “It is our obligation to stop Hillary Clinton now and never let her within 10 miles of the White House again,” he said. “It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is our next President. I am proud to be part of this team. Now let’s go win this thing.”” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170705161845-06-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_5356,h_3012,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention in July 2016. Christie’s speech was heavily critical of the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee. “It is our obligation to stop Hillary Clinton now and never let her within 10 miles of the White House again,” he said. “It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is our next President. I am proud to be part of this team. Now let’s go win this thing.”

Christie shakes hands with President Trump at the White House in March. Trump announced that Christie <a href=would take on an advisory role to help figure out ways the administration can fight the country’s opioid epidemic.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170705162101-08-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_5337,h_3002,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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Christie shakes hands with President Trump at the White House in March. Trump announced that Christie would take on an advisory role to help figure out ways the administration can fight the country’s opioid epidemic.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson presents Christie with a belt in April for the governor's work in helping former prisoners re-enter society.

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson presents Christie with a belt in April for the governor’s work in helping former prisoners re-enter society.

In July, Christie spends time with family and friends at Island Beach State Park, where the governor has a summer residence. <a href=They were the only ones there because two days earlier, Christie shut down the state government after the Legislature failed to pass a budget. All state-run tourist attractions were closed to the public.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/170710102755-16-chris-christie-career-gal.jpg?q=w_1600,h_901,x_0,y_0,c_fill/w_480″>

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In July, Christie spends time with family and friends at Island Beach State Park, where the governor has a summer residence. They were the only ones there because two days earlier, Christie shut down the state government after the Legislature failed to pass a budget. All state-run tourist attractions were closed to the public.

Here’s a look at the life of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Birth date: September 6, 1962

Birth place: Newark, New Jersey

Birth name: Christopher James Christie

Father: Wilbur “Bill” Christie, an accountant

Mother: Sondra (Grasso) Christie

Marriage: Mary Pat (Foster) Christie (1986-present)

Children: Bridget, Patrick, Sarah and Andrew

Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1984; Seton Hall University, J.D., 1987

Religion: Roman Catholic

While serving as the US attorney for New Jersey, Christie prosecuted more than 130 public officials for corruption.

A fan of Bruce Springsteen, Christie claims to have attended more than 100 of the New Jersey rocker’s performances.

1977 Volunteers for Republican Tom Kean’s gubernatorial campaign.

1987-2002 – Attorney at the law firm of Dughi and Hewit, later named Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci PC.

1992 Co-coordinates the New Jersey reelection efforts of US President George H.W. Bush.

1993 Becomes a partner at Dughi and Hewit.

1995-1997 Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

1997Director of the Freeholder Board.

2002-2008US attorney for New Jersey. Earns a reputation for being tough on corruption.

November 3, 2009 Defeats Democrat Jon Corzine, winning the election for governor.

January 19, 2010-January 16, 2018 – Republican Governor of New Jersey.

October 31, 2012 – Two days after Hurricane Sandy hits New Jersey, President Barack Obama visits the Garden State and tours devastated beach towns with Christie.

February 4, 2013 During an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Christie pulls a doughnut out of his pocket and begins eating it mid-interview. Christie’s weight has often been commented on in the media and mocked by comedians.

May 7, 2013 – Christie reveals to the New York Post that he secretly underwent lap-band surgery for the sake of his wife and kids.

November 5, 2013 – Wins reelection.

November 21, 2013 – Becomes the 2014 chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

January 8, 2014 – Emails emerge from Christie’s top aides bolstering suggestions that George Washington Bridge lane closures last year that tied up traffic stemmed from a political vendetta and not bureaucratic incompetence as his administration claimed. The scandal is dubbed Bridgegate.

June 30, 2015 – Formally announces he is running for the Republican presidential nomination during a speech in Livingston, New Jersey.

February 10, 2016 – Announces that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

February 26, 2016 – Endorses Donald Trump for president of the United States.

May 9, 2016 – Trump announces that Christie will lead his presidential transition team, serving as chairman of the group tasked with finding candidates for jobs in a potential Trump administration.

August 10, 2016 – In a text message, a Christie aide declares the governor “flat out lied” during a 2013 Bridgegate press conference, according to court documents filed in the criminal case against two Christie staffers accused of plotting to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee.

November 11, 2016 – After Trump wins the election, he shakes up his transition team, demoting Christie to a supporting role and selecting Vice President-elect Mike Pence to take Christie’s place as chair.

December 6, 2016 – A Quinnipiac University Poll indicates that 19% of voters approve of Christie’s job performance as governor and 77% disapprove. That’s the lowest score for a governor in 20 years of Quinnipiac’s polls of 11 different states.

January 27, 2017 – The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says it won’t pursue charges of official misconduct against Christie in the Bridgegate case.

February 16, 2017 – A Bergen County municipal judge rules that a misconduct case against Christie, stemming from a citizen’s complaint related to Bridgegate, can proceed in court.

March 29, 2017 – Trump announces that Christie has been tapped to chair a commission that will seek ways to address the opioid crisis. On the same day, Christie’s former staffers, Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly are sentenced for their roles in the Bridgegate scandal. Baroni is sentenced to two years in prison while Kelly is initially sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

July 1, 2017 – Due to a dispute over a Christie-backed bill that would allow the state to control how Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield spends its cash reserve funds, the legislature fails to break an impasse during budget talks. As a result, Christie orders a government shutdown, closing state parks, courts, motor vehicle commission offices and unemployment offices statewide. Christie says the Democrats in the legislature created the crisis.

July 2, 2017 – As the government shutdown continues, Christie and his family vacation at one of the state parks that is closed during the holiday weekend. Island Beach State Park has a private governor’s residence, where Christie, his wife and other family members soak up sun on an empty beach. During the afternoon, the governor travels via state helicopter to Trenton to hold a news conference and denies that he has been enjoying the beach amid the crisis. Photos published by NJ Advance Media show that Christie was sitting on a beach chair earlier in the day.

July 3-4, 2017 – The state legislature reaches a deal to reopen the government and Christie signs the budget into law. During a press conference, Christie says that the backlash over the beach photos was unwarranted. He says that he was transparent about his plans to visit the oceanfront residence during the weekend and questions the news value of the pictures.

January 16, 2018 – Christie leaves office after two terms, and turns control of New Jersey’s state government over to Democrats for the first time in eight years.

January 29, 2019 – Christie’s memoir “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics” is published.

April 24, 2019 – Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former chief of staff, is sentenced to 13 months in prison for her involvement in the “Bridgegate” scandal. She was previously sentenced to 18 months but appealed her conviction. Following her sentencing, Kelly makes a statement: “Mr. Christie, you are a bully and the days of you calling me a liar and destroying my life are over.”

May 7, 2020 – The US Supreme Court throws out fraud convictions against Kelly and Baroni, who were involved in the “Bridgegate” political scandal. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Elena Kagan says the move “jeopardized the safety of the town’s residents,” but concludes that “not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime.”

October 3, 2020 – Christie tells CNN he checked himself into a hospital as a precautionary measure after announcing earlier in the day that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Christie was among a group of senior Trump campaign staffers who were tested following news of the President’s positive diagnosis.

October 15, 2020 – In a statement, Christie says he spent seven days in an intensive care unit before recovering from Covid-19.

October 21, 2020 – In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “I Should Have Worn a Mask,” Christie writes that mask wearing is not a “partisan or cultural symbol,” and that he was “wrong” not to wear a mask at the Supreme Court nomination ceremony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and during debate prep with Trump.

December 16, 2020 – In an ad paid for by the COVID Collaborative, Christie says that he regrets not wearing a mask while visiting the White House, a choice he acknowledges led to him contracting the coronavirus and spending a week in the ICU.

November 16, 2021 – Christie’s book “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden” is published.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, joined by his family, announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 30 at Livingston High School in Livingston Township, New Jersey.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, joined by his family, announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 30 at Livingston High School in Livingston Township, New Jersey.

Christie takes questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Christie takes questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Christie jokes with host Laura Ingraham as he addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26.

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Christie jokes with host Laura Ingraham as he addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26.

Christie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a campaign stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, on September 29, 2014.

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Christie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a campaign stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, on September 29, 2014.

Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on January 9, 2014, to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures -- a scandal that became known in the media as

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Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on January 9, 2014, to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures — a scandal that became known in the media as “Bridgegate.”

Christie speaks at a news conference  on January 9, 2014, in Trenton, New Jersey, about his knowledge of an alleged traffic study that stopped traffic at the George Washington Bridge. Christie addressed allegations that his deputy chief of staff signaled for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Christie during the election.

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Christie speaks at a news conference on January 9, 2014, in Trenton, New Jersey, about his knowledge of an alleged traffic study that stopped traffic at the George Washington Bridge. Christie addressed allegations that his deputy chief of staff signaled for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Christie during the election.

Christie arrives to speak at his election night event after winning a second term as governor on November 5, 2013, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Christie defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by a large margin.

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Christie arrives to speak at his election night event after winning a second term as governor on November 5, 2013, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Christie defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by a large margin.

Christie talks to business owners affected by a massive fire that burned a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, which had recently been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, on September 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

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Christie talks to business owners affected by a massive fire that burned a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, which had recently been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, on September 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

Christie speaks to members of the Hudson County Building Trades Council after receiving their support for his re-election campaign for governor on July 1, 2013, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Christie speaks to members of the Hudson County Building Trades Council after receiving their support for his re-election campaign for governor on July 1, 2013, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Christie greets President Barack Obama on his arrival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012, to visit areas hit by Superstorm Sandy. Christie was later criticized  by some in his party for his warm welcome of Obama.

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Christie greets President Barack Obama on his arrival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012, to visit areas hit by Superstorm Sandy. Christie was later criticized by some in his party for his warm welcome of Obama.

Christie updates members of the media on damage and recovery efforts related to Superstorm Sandy on October 30, 2012, from the emergency operations center at State Police Headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey.

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Christie updates members of the media on damage and recovery efforts related to Superstorm Sandy on October 30, 2012, from the emergency operations center at State Police Headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey.

Christie and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak with Romney adviser Bob White on board the Romney campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on October 10, 2012.

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Christie and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak with Romney adviser Bob White on board the Romney campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on October 10, 2012.

Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012, in Tampa, Florida.

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Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012, in Tampa, Florida.

Christie speaks as he endorses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on October 11, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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Christie speaks as he endorses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on October 11, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Christie and his family lay white roses on wreckage pulled from Ground Zero during the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial for 9/11 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on September 10, 2011.

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Christie and his family lay white roses on wreckage pulled from Ground Zero during the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial for 9/11 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on September 10, 2011.

Christie speaks at a Reform Agenda Town Hall meeting at the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company facility on March 29, 2011, in Hammonton, New Jersey.

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Christie speaks at a Reform Agenda Town Hall meeting at the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company facility on March 29, 2011, in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Christie, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children attend the third annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, on May 2, 2010.

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Christie, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children attend the third annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, on May 2, 2010.

Christie waves to supporters with Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Guadagno, left, on November 3, 2009, in Parsippany, New Jersey. Christie defeated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.

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Christie waves to supporters with Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Guadagno, left, on November 3, 2009, in Parsippany, New Jersey. Christie defeated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.

Christie and his running mate, Kim Guadagno, left, pose for photographs after making phone calls to voters at Monmouth County Republican Headquarters in Freehold, New Jersey, on November 2, 2009.

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Christie and his running mate, Kim Guadagno, left, pose for photographs after making phone calls to voters at Monmouth County Republican Headquarters in Freehold, New Jersey, on November 2, 2009.

Before getting into politics, Christie was a New Jersey attorney. Here Christie speaks with the media on May 8, 2007, outside the federal courthouse in Camden, New Jersey, after six men were arrested on charges of planning to attack the Fort Dix military base.

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Before getting into politics, Christie was a New Jersey attorney. Here Christie speaks with the media on May 8, 2007, outside the federal courthouse in Camden, New Jersey, after six men were arrested on charges of planning to attack the Fort Dix military base.

Christie speaks to the media about an FBI sting with Russian Gen. Sergei Fomenko, right, of the Federal Security Service and FBI Agent Louie Allen on August 13, 2003, in Newark, New Jersey.

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Christie speaks to the media about an FBI sting with Russian Gen. Sergei Fomenko, right, of the Federal Security Service and FBI Agent Louie Allen on August 13, 2003, in Newark, New Jersey.