Mary Pat Christie, first lady of New Jersey, has successfully combined her roles as wife and mother with a business career and community service. Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Christie is the ninth of 10 children. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned a master’s degree in business administration and finance from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She currently is the managing director at Angelo Gordon.
Mrs. Christie is active in her children’s lives, participating in their various school and team functions. She also is involved in her church, St Joseph’s in Mendham, New Jersey, and contributes to the family liturgy, confirmation class activities and soup kitchen outreach.
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the first lady partnered with Governor Christie in organizing the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to aid and rebuild communities most affected by the storm. Mrs. Christie has made this a priority of hers and plans to use the Relief Fund to help with the long-term rebuilding of New Jersey.
As first lady, Mrs. Christie is focused on recognizing people and groups who inspire pride in others and help them to become more self-sufficient members of society. In 2010, she founded a nonprofit organization, New Jersey Heroes, to recognize and celebrate the work of individuals and nonprofit organizations in New Jersey.
Mrs. Christie also is passionate about the governor’s residence in Princeton, New Jersey, officially known as Drumthwacket. Through her work with the Drumthwacket Foundation, thousands of New Jersey citizens and schoolchildren will continue to have the opportunity to experience this historic house and grounds.
Mrs. Christie and her husband, Governor Chris Christie, met in college and have been married for 27 years. The Christies have four children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget.