Synopses & Reviews
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become a national Republican Party figure, famous for his blunt public statements, his willingness to confront powerful special interests, and his determination to change the ingrown, corrupt, backroom political culture of New Jersey. In just two years as governor, Christie has moved aggressively to reduce the states ballooning deficit, rein in lucrative entitlements for teacher, police, fire, and public employee unions, cut out-of-control government spending, and create jobs by reducing counterproductive business regulations. But beneath Christies combative public persona is an intensely loyal family man, whose deep roots in New Jersey shape his core values. Written by New York Times bestselling author Bob Ingle and fellow journalist Michael Symons, who have covered the governors political career for more than a decade, Chris Christie offers the first inside portrait of this fascinating man.
Drawing on interviews with Christie himself, his wife, Mary Pat, his brother, Todd, his father, Bill, his uncle Joe, and many longtime supporters as well as political opponents, Ingle and Symons trace Christies life. He grew up in New Jersey, surrounded by a big, roiling Italian-American family where his mother, Sondra, and grandmother Anne were powerful influences. Surprisingly, his political career nearly ended after a bruising loss in a local county campaign, but was revived when Christie was appointed United States Attorney for New Jersey. He soon became a feared prosecutor, and culminated an impressive string of successful cases with a multi-year investigation that resulted in the arrests of more than forty people, in one of the states most notorious examples of political corruption.
Despite calls to run for president, Christie reiterated his commitment to reforming New Jersey. Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power goes behind the scenes to reveal his family life, his public life, and what the future might hold.
"Speculation abounds regarding Christie's political aspirations, and Ingle and Symons provide an excellent introduction to this provocative politician. "He's demanding, he's loyal, he's combative, he's entertaining, he's mouthy--but never boring." Neither is this book."--Publishers Weekly
"A thorough, exacting account of how an outspoken son of New Jersey became the hottest ticket in conservative politics." --The Hill
"Gov. Christie's ability to make the case for reform—and to defend his positions bluntly—has endeared him to GOP donors."--The Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Ingle and Mr. Symons have produced a very readable and illuminating portrait of Chris Christie that shows, whether you love him or hate him, he is a genuine article - and he is here to stay." --The Washington Times
About the Author
BOB INGLE is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Soprano State (St. Martins Press, 2008), which was made into a 2011 documentary. He is an award-winning veteran journalist and broadcaster who writes a syndicated column called “Politics Patrol.” His political blog, Politics Patrol, is read in all fifty states and more than seventy countries, and his commentary is heard frequently on radio and TV across America.
MICHAEL SYMONS is a veteran New Jersey journalist, currently based on Press Row in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. He has covered seven governors and is well respected for his objectivity, balance, and thoroughness. His blog, Capitol Quickies, is a must-read on every politician and politically connected person in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Symons did research for The Soprano State and has worked with Ingle for more than ten years.