The Republican governor of New Jersey has become a popular national figure since taking office in January 2010—and especially beloved by fellow party members for his blunt, tell-it-like-it-is style and willingness to take on left-wing adversaries.
As you’re no doubt aware, Christie delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention. It was a giant stage for the strident governor who many believed would be an ideal choice to unseat President Obama this year—but Christie decided to stay in the Garden State and instead campaign for Mitt Romney.
Christie’s rousing speech was the culmination of his decision to back the GOP nominee, and it gave America (and the world) a sustained earful and eyeful of the man who’s become an enemy of powerful special interests and bloated beneficiaries of the ingrown, corrupt, backroom political culture of New Jersey.
Here’s Christie’s keynote via TheBlaze TV:
The book that spells it all out is Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power. It describes how, in just two years as governor in a decidedly left-leaning state, Christie has moved aggressively to reduce New Jersey’s ballooning deficit, rein in lucrative entitlements for teacher, police, fire, and public employee unions, cut out-of-control government spending, and create jobs by reducing counterproductive business regulations.
Check out Christie totally owning some Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street hecklers during a Romney campaign rally:
Excuse after excuse after excuse from Obama and the left. Christie tells ‘em to “cry me a river”:
But beneath Christie’s fiery, fearless public persona is a loyal family man whose New Jersey roots shape his values. Written by New York Times bestselling author Bob Ingle and fellow journalist Michael Symons, who have covered the governor’s political career for more than a decade, Chris Christie offers the first inside portrait of the man many hope one day will succeed Romney in the White House.
Drawing on interviews with Christie himself, his wife, Mary Pat, his brother, Todd, his father, Bill, his uncle Joe, and many longtime supporters as well as political opponents, Ingle and Symons trace Christie’s life, which was surrounded early on by a big, roiling Italian-American family where his mother, Sondra, and grandmother Anne were powerful influences.
After Christie was appointed United States Attorney for New Jersey, he soon became a feared prosecutor and culminated an impressive string of successful cases with a multiyear investigation that resulted in the arrests of more than 40 people, in one of the state’s most notorious examples of political corruption.
Here he is taking on N.J. teacher’s union rhetoric. Few GOP officials can absorb the heat and dish it right back like Christie:
Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power goes behind the scenes to reveal his family life, his public life, and what the future might hold.
Wherever one stands politically, it’s hard to argue with the authors’ take-it-or-leave-it sentiments regarding their subject:
“He’s demanding, he’s loyal, he’s combative, he’s entertaining, he’s mouthy—but never boring.”
Can you handle the truth? Here’s a “best of” Christie compilation: