Chris Christie is in the news again, but not for any of his political moves. He got into an argument at a baseball game over the weekend, and the internet is not letting him hear the end of it. Between his baseball game confrontation, his private beach experience and his audition for talk radio, Christie is not having the best summer.
Come to think of it, Christie has not had the best last couple years. His presidential bid ending prematurely and his support for Donald Trump went unrewarded. His “bridgegate” scandal severely hurt his statewide popularity and undoubtedly hurt his run for president. All in all, Christie is one of the most well-known governors in the country, but is also one of the most disliked. Recent polls have his approval ratings at historic lows.
Still, Christie is in office until January 2018, and should stay in the headlines until then. It would be nice if the headlines were about some of his accomplishments in office instead of fights while holding nachos. Before Christie makes headlines again, let’s take a look at his net worth and the money he has made from his time in office. Most of his money is made from salary his property holdings in New Jersey. He reported an income of nearly $700,000 in 2013.
Chris Christie Net Worth as of 2017: $4 million
Late 1980s-2002- Career as a Lawyer
Christie graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1987, and began work at a law firm and becomes a partner in 1993. He worked on various Republican campaigns in the 1990s including George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 1992. He became director of the Morris Country Freeholders Board in 1997. Christie was closely involved with fundraising for George W. Bush’s campaign in 2000.
Once Bush was elected, he saw potential in Christie, and nominated him for the position of US attorney for the state of New Jersey. His position would serve as the platform for his future political involvement.
2002-2008- First Political Positions
As state attorney, Christie targeted corrupt public officials and went after mostly white-collar criminals. He earned a reputation for cracking down on corruption and convicted people from both parties. Initially, Christie’s credentials were questioned as he was placed in such an important role without much experience. Still, Christie was able to impress and served until 2008 as state attorney. His bid for governor began then.
2008-Present- Governor and Presidential Runs
Christie won the election for governor in 2009, and has been serving in the position since his inauguration in 2010. Christie was seen as a moderate Republican in a mostly Democratic state, and his competitor in the 2009 election had been dogged by allegations of corruption. Christie was popular in his first years in office, and even hinted at a 2012 run for president. He was a big part of the state’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and the support from that event led to his reelection in 2013. He was at the height of his popularity.
In the last few years, Christie’s popularity has plummeted. He has been at the head of a number of scandals, and has seen his runs for president come up short. His approval ratings continue to fall and the controversy continues to mount. It is starting to look like the private sector may be a better destination for New Jersey’s embattled governor.