Chris Christie is on his second run on the White House.
Only this time, he is on significantly much less good phrases together with his rival Donald Trump.
The former New Jersey governor has survived scandals and an unsuccessful bid to be the Republican nominee in 2016.
Now he is again – and he is taking intention on the former president.
From Trump’s adviser to his adversary
Mr Christie was one in all Mr Trump’s early backers in 2016 after Mr Christie ended his personal unsuccessful White House run.
He suggested Mr Trump’s White House marketing campaign, however grew to become a vocal critic of the previous president after the January 6 riot.
He sharply criticised Mr Trump’s false claims he gained the 2020 election and stepped up his verbal assaults because the ex-president confronted a rising variety of prison fees.
“The reason I’m going after Trump is twofold. One, he deserves it. And two, it’s the way to win,” Mr Christie instructed supporters in June as he launched his bid for the presidential nomination.
He additionally in contrast Mr Trump to Voldemort from the Harry Potter books.
‘Bridgegate’ and ‘beachgate’
Bridgegate was a political scandal throughout Mr Christie’s time as governor of New Jersey that concerned the partial closure of one of many world’s busiest bridges.
It brought about chaos for emergency providers, commuters and faculty buses – and resulted in court docket.
Mr Christie was not charged, however two of his aides had been. The allegation was that the lane closures had been retaliation in opposition to a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Mr Christie’s re-election.
Mr Christie was elected governor in 2009 and had simply gained re-election in 2013 when Bridgegate broke.
The scandal, which went to trial in 2015, was seen to sprint Mr Christie’s 2016 presidential hopes.
In 2017, one other “gate” scandal – this time linked to a photograph of Mr Christie and his household on the Jersey Shore seaside by the governor’s residence.
What would have been an innocuous household snap was something however, as state seashores had been closed on the time because of the state authorities shutdown.
It brought about outrage, with anger solely heightened by Mr Christie’s batting away of the issue: “Run for governor, and you can have the residence” he stated when requested about it.
Early life, legislation and native politics
Born in New Jersey in 1962 to a Republican father and a Democrat mom, Mr Christie credited his mom with making him a Republican as she inspired him to volunteer with a candidate for governor who would go on to change into his function mannequin.
Mr Christie studied political science earlier than occurring to qualify as a lawyer and be part of a legislation agency.
After volunteering for George H W Bush‘s 1992 re-election marketing campaign, Mr Christie determined he needed to run for workplace and was elected as a legislator in Morris County, New Jersey.
In 2001, president George W Bush appointed him because the US Attorney for New Jersey – a call that attracted criticism as a consequence of his lack of expertise in prison legislation. He stayed within the function till 2008.
Mr Christie married Mary Pat Foster, an funding banker, in 1986 and the couple have 4 kids.
He is a Bruce Springsteen mega-fan, having gone to greater than 150 concert events.
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Mr Christie helps sending support to Ukraine, in contrast to many different high-level Republicans, arguing it sends a message that the US will assist its allies.
Having backed a ban on assault weapons within the 90s, he opposed it throughout his 2016 presidential bid and extra just lately has attributed mass shootings to a “mental health crisis”.
On abortion, Mr Christie has described himself as “pro-life” and has stated he helps exceptions in abortion bans in instances of rape and incest and when the mom’s life is at stake.
He wouldn’t assist a federal ban on abortion, arguing it must be a state challenge.