Christopher J. Christie ’87
Keynote Speaker at Republican National Convention
“This has basically got to be a 20-minute version of the Gettysburg address or I'm in huge trouble," Governor Christie quipped to CBS News, employing his signature humor, as he looked forward to his pivotal role as Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Christie, a Seton Hall Law graduate, began his legal career in 1987 when he joined the law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci in Cranford and was named a Partner of the firm in 1993. He served as a Morris County Freeholder from 1995 to 1997, and elected director of the board in 1997. In 2004, he was named one of America’s top 10 prosecutors by the Corporate Crime Reporter.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was sworn into office on January 17, 2002 by the Honorable Joel A. Pisano '74 of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. During his tenure, he served as one of 17 U.S. Attorneys on Attorney General Ashcroft’s Advisory Committee.
Christie ran for, and was elected, Governor of the State of New Jersey in 2009. He was named Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association and appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association in 2011.
Governor Christie spoke at Seton Hall Law's 2011 Commencement in which he advised the new graduates, "Life's too short to be limited by the view from the familiar," and to break free from what is comfortable: "Stay free enough to let something capture your heart."
He has also served on a number of charitable boards, including Daytop Village – New Jersey, United Way of Morris County, Family Services of Morris County, and the Christie Family Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware.