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Chris Christie is best known for his combative style as the Republican governor of traditionally Democratic New Jersey.
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The New Jersey shore was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Just as the coastal communities had begun to heal from the hurricane's devastation, the town of Seaside Park saw much of its boardwalk go up in flames the following September. Christie was on the scene during the fire-fighting effort and pledged to his support to the community.
The following November, Christie appeared to have the backing of most of the state. He easily won re-election to the governor's office,
besting his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono and taking roughly 60 percent of the votes. After this impressive victory, Christie's name was once again tossed around by the press as a possible presidential candidate for 2016.
Christie's potential bid for president could be in jeopardy due to a scandal that the governor found himself in at the start of 2014. In September 2013, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey caused a massive traffic jam when two lanes of the George Washington Bridge entering New York City were closed. It was later revealed that Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, helped to incite the traffic jam, having sent an email to Port Authority official David Wildstein stating, "Time for some traffic problems." Wildstein replied with, "Got it."
Kelly's actions were reportedly in response to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich not endorsing Christie during his 2013 reelection bid. Upon finding out, Christie issued a public statement on January 8, 2014, stating, "What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable." He also fired deputy chief Kelly and went to Fort Lee in order to issue Sokolich an apology in person. Wildstein resigned in December 2013 before the scandal came to light. In spite of Christie's claim that he had no knowledge of the scheme against Sokolich, some still believe that he was involved in the scandal, possibly putting a damper on his 2016 bid for the presidency, should he choose to run.
Long known for his weight, reportedly weighing more than 300 pounds in 2012, Christie announced in May 2013 that he had lost 40 pounds—the result of undergoing weight loss surgery three months earlier.
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