Last updated on: 4/14/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Chris Christie, JD Biography

Title:
Governor of New Jersey
Position:
Now Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Megyn Kelly: On the subject of immigration, are you for a path to citizenship?

Chris Christie: I think that’s an extreme way to go and I think that quite frankly what Hillary Clinton is doing right now is pandering. That’s pandering… So no, I don’t believe that’s the way to go and I don’t believe that’s where people are…

Megan Kelly: So you say now that you are not for a path to citizenship, but back in 2010 you said on This Week that you were. What changed?

Chris Christie: I think I’ve learned over time about this issue and done a lot more work on it… What I’m saying now is that I think we’ve got to come up with a solution for it, but I think just immediately going to a path to citizenship as Hillary Clinton is proposing to do is just pandering, it’s just politics.”

The Kelly File, Fox News, May 18, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Prior to the May 18, 2015 statement above, Chris Christie was classified as Con based on his July 26, 2010 interview on This Week.]

“The president and the Congress have to step up to the plate, they have to secure our borders and they have to put forward a commonsense path to citizenship for people. And until they do that, states are going to struggle all over the country with this problem and so is federal law enforcement that doesn’t have the resources to do it effectively.”

State of New Jersey Office of the Governor, “In Case You Missed It: Video & Transcript of Governor Christie’s Interview with Jake Tapper on ABC’s ‘This Week,'” www.nj.gov, July 26, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor, New Jersey, Jan. 19, 2010-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Dec. 1987-present
  • Keynote Speaker, Republican National Convention, 2012
  • US District Attorney, New Jersey, Jan. 17, 2002-Dec. 1, 2008
  • Officer, Christie Family Foundation, 1999-2001
  • Director, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1997-1998
  • Member, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1994-1998
  • Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, 1993-2001
  • Associate, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, 1987-1993
  • Former Board Member, United Way of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Family Services of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Morris County Board of Social Services
  • Former Chairman, Morris County Insurance Commission
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Daytop Village
  • Student Body President, University of Delaware, 1984
Education:
  • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, University of Delaware, 1984
  • Graduated, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ
Other:
  • Full name Christopher James Christie
  • Married with four children
  • Twitter handle: @ChrisChristie
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