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Christopher J. Christie ’87: Presidential Candidate

Speaking at the Law School Commencement in 2010, Governor Christie said, “Life is too short to be limited by the view from the familiar."


Seton Hall University School of Law has its first Presidential candidate in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ’87, who announced his candidacy on June 30 in his hometown of Livingston.

Christie 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 in 2001 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. He was reelected to a second term as New Jersey Governor in 2013.

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.

Seton Hall Law conferred an honorary degree upon Governor Christie when he served as the Commencement speaker at the Law School’s graduation ceremony in 2010. Speaking about the opportunities that a law degree affords, he encouraged students to open themselves up to all the possibilities that arise throughout their lives. “Life is too short to be limited by the view from the familiar,” Governor Christie said.