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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Updated 12:31 PM ET, Wed July 12, 2017
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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. Olivier Douliery/Getty Images
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. From Instagram
"A friend of mine from high school dug up this old pic - look at that sweater (and hair)!" Christie wrote on Instagram. From Instagram
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. From Instagram
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. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
Christie greets supporters in Parsippany, New Jersey, after he defeated incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in November 2009. He won by nearly four percentage points. Christopher Barth/AP
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. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
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. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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. JIM WATSON/Getty Images
Christie updates the public about damage and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
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. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
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. Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images
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. Kena Betancur/Getty Images
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. Eduardo Munoz/REUTERS/Newscom
Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich for the George Washington Bridge lane closures. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Demonstrators stand with the word "Bridgegate" spelled out on their shirts during a town-hall event in Flemington, New Jersey, in March 2014. Matt Rourke/AP
Christie campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a stop at the GOP field office in Hudson, Wisconsin, in September 2014. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
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. Frank Franklin II/AP
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. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
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." Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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. Shawn Thew/AP
Boxing legend Mike Tyson presents Christie with a belt in April for the governor's work in helping former prisoners re-enter society. Julio Cortez/AP
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. Andrew Mills/AP