Timeline: Chris Christie

Christopher J. Christie is born in Newark. He grows up in Livingston, N.J., 20 miles west of Manhattan.

Graduates from University of Delaware.

Marries Mary Pat Foster, a fellow Delaware alum. They go on to have four children.

Graduates from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.

Makes partner at the politically connected law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci of Cranford.

Elected to Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county legislature.

Challenges an incumbent in the Republican primary for a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly but loses.

Defeated in Republican primary for the Morris County freeholder post after party puts up a rival candidate.

As a registered lobbyist, becomes a Pioneer fund-raiser for George W. Bush's Presidential election campaign.

Bush names him U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. A law partner says he helped by sending Christie's résumé to Bush adviser Karl Rove.

Chalks up 130 convictions or guilty pleas of public officials, including former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and Democratic Party bosses.

Wins election as governor, defeating incumbent Jon Corzine, a former CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Jan. 19
Sworn in as governor.

Feb. 11
Declares a state of emergency and impounds $2.2 billion of funds already appropriated by the legislature.

March 16
To close an $11 billion deficit, proposes a $29 billion budget that has no new taxes. It cuts aid to localities and schools, lays off 1,300 employees, and skips a $3 billion pension contribution.

Egged on by Christie, who said teachers didn't sacrifice enough, voters reject a record 59 percent of school budgets.

May 20
Vetoes a $700 million "millionaire's tax" on high-income residents.

May 22
Public-sector unions stage a march on Trenton.

June 29
Christie's budget passes nearly intact after Democrats, who control both houses, choose not to fight.

July 13
Signs a bill capping property taxes at 2 percent. The compromise measure allows some exemptions he had opposed, such as for natural disasters.

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