Mary Pat Christie, Governor Chris Christie’s wife, has left her lucrative job at Wall Street hedge fund, Angelo, Gordon & Co, according to multiple media reports citing a statement from the Governor’s spokesman, Kevin Roberts.
“Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children. She recently resigned her position as a Managing Director at Angelo Gordon.”
The Christies have four children. Two are in college and two…an 11 year old and 14 year old…at home.
Mrs. Christie has been the breadwinner in the family since Governor Christie started his government career as U.S. Attorney in 2002. In 2013 Mrs. Christie reported earnings of $510, 522. The Governor’s salary is $175,000.
In an interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer last week, Mrs. Christie said she was not sure she would leave her job if the Governor runs for president.
Ben Dworkin, Executive Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University said Mrs. Christie’s career hiatus was “widely expected” and an indication that the Governor will be a candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
“While it is not yet official or announced, the Governor has every intention of running for president,” Dworkin said, “Running a national campaign in the 21st century is a full time endeavor, not just of the candidates, but for their families as well.”
“By quitting her job,” Dworkin added, “she and her husband are able to avoid any questions of conflicts of interest that might arise from any policies he would propose.”