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

Personal:
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, 2003; Patrick, 2000; Sarah, 1996; Andrew, 1993
    Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1984; Seton Hall University, J.D., 1987
    Religion: Roman Catholic
    Other Facts:
    While serving as the US attorney for New Jersey, Christie prosecuted more than 130 public officials for corruption.
    Timeline:
    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 P.C.
    1992 - Co-coordinates President George H.W. Bush's New Jersey re-election efforts.
    1993 - Becomes a partner at Dughi and Hewit.
    1995-1997 - Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
    1997 - Director of the Freeholder Board.
    2002-2008 - US 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-present - 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 re-election.
    November 21, 2013 - Becomes 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.
    February 26, 2016 - Endorses Donald Trump for president of the United States.
    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.
    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 municipal Bergen County judge rules that a misconduct case against Christie, stemming from a citizen's complaint related to Bridgegate, can proceed in court.