Former Governor Chris Christie floated the idea of his wife, Mary Pat Christie, running for Congress in the 11th district next year as a challenger to freshman Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, according to a report at NewJerseyGlobe.
Sherrill, who flipped the Republican 11th district convincingly with a 57%-42% victory over Assemblyman Jay Webber, and raised a gazillion dollars to do it, will be tough to beat in 2020.
Mary Pat would have a much easier race against 3rd district freshman Congressman Andy Kim who barely beat Tom MacArthur last year. The Chrisites own a house in Bay Head, in addition to their home in Mendam. MacArthur relocated to Ocean County from Morris County to run for the seat after Jon Runyan retired in 2014.
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Posted: February 6th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 congressional elections, Chris Christie, Mary Pat Christie, New Jersey, Ocean County Politics | 7 Comments »
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.
photo via nj.gov
“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.
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Posted: April 24th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Mary Pat Chrisite | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Angelo Gordon and Co, Ben Dworkin, Chris Christie, Mary Pat Christie, Rider Institute | 2 Comments »
Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie will be in Middletown this afternoon to acknowledge Hurricane Sandy First Responders and Volunteers.
This Christies are scheduled to arrive at the Port Monmouth Fire House, 125 Main Street, Port Monmouth at 3 PM. They will address the press following their meet and greet.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will be attending the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Benefit at Buono Sera Palazzo, 1033 West Park Ave, Ocean Township, this evening.
The event will feature live entertainment, silent auction, cocktail party and dancing. Scheduled entertainers include Big Joe Henry, Pat Guadagno, Kyle Grooms of Comedy Central & The Dave Chappelle Show, Gordon Baker-Bone, Craig Mahoney & Carolina Hidalgo. Spotlight performances by Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez, Bobby Banderia, Marc Ribler, Brian Kirk, Sonny Kenn, Joe Petillo, Matt O’Ree.
Tickets are $100 and are available through Buono Sera Bar and Restaurant, 732-530-5858.
Posted: November 26th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Huricane Sandy Relief Fund, Hurricane Sandy, Kim Guadagno, Mary Pat Chrisite | Tags: Big Joe Henry, Bobby Banderia, Brian Kirk, Carolina Hidalgo, Chris Christie, Craig Mahoney, Gorndon Baker-Bone, Joe Petillo, Kim Guadagno, Kyle Grooms, Marc Ribler, Mary Pat Christie, Matt O'Ree, Middletown, Pat Guadagno, Port Monmouth Fire House, Sonny Kenn, Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopen | Comments Off on Governor and First Lady in Middletown Today. Lt. Governor Guadagno in Ocean Township Tonight
By Art Gallagher
Despite his repeated and colorful denials of interest, the Republican calls for and media speculation about Governor Chris Christie entering the 2012 Presidential race is not going away.
In large measure that is because Christie doesn’t seem as though he wants it to go away.
“No, I’m not running. I don’t know what to do short of suicide to convince you that I’m not running. Oh, and thanks for asking, I’m really flattered that you are asking, again and again and again, and that you’re willing to raise hundreds of millions of dollars if I change my mind, but I’m not changing my mind.” That’s an invitation to keep asking. It’s a tease. “No, I won’t do it under any circumstances. I’m not ready. But ask me again.”
By most accounts, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels really wanted to run for president. Yet, when he announced that he wasn’t running because he didn’t want to put his family through a presidential campaign, Republican rain makers and the media stopped asking him to run or if there was any chance that he would reconsider.
That’s obviously not the case with Christie.
As I said in my radio conversation with Bob Ingle last week, the only way I can see Christie running is if his wife Mary Pat becomes convinced that another four years of President Obama would have a more detrimental impact on the lives of the Christie children than a Christie presidency would have, and if New Jersey’s First Lady became convinced that Obama was likely to be reelected if her husband didn’t run against him.
As rehearsed and coached as the Christie family appeared in their Piers Morgan interview, after viewing it I was convinced they had made a family decision that Christie wouldn’t run in 2012. I admired their family unity. I admired a marriage that puts the children first.
Yet, why do an interview like that if you’re not running for national office?
I stopped taking the Christie for President buzz seriously after the Morgan interview. Karl Rove’s vibrations about Christie after Texas Governor Rick Perry stole the limelight from Michele Bachman didn’t make me think Christie was running. Ross Douthat’s New York Times columns, here and here didn’t make me think Christie would run. The Daily Caller and Weekly Standard reports that Christie and Congressman Paul Ryan made an pact that one of them would run made me wonder just a bit.
Something happened today that made me wonder if Christie isn’t getting ready to run. It wasn’t the news that Ryan’s not running, according to The Weekly Standard.
Four times today the Christie’s press office sent out email announcements to the press about something Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is doing, including a video. Usually Guadagno’s public appearances are included in the daily itinerary for the Governor that the press office sends out with little additional mention, if any. Today’s activity was unusual.
The Governor and his team are extraordinarily disciplined. It’s rare that something happens for no reason. If the Governor’s office is intentionally raising Guadagno’s public profile, there is a reason for it.
It makes me wonder if Mary Pat is getting concerned about the Republican field of presidential candidates, our country, and her children’s future.
Posted: August 22nd, 2011 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: Bob Ingle, Chris Christie, Daily Caller, Karl Rove, Kim Guadango, Mary Pat Christie, New York Times, Piers Morgan, Ross Douthat, Weekly Standard | 3 Comments »