Published On: Nov 06 2013 01:02:43 PM CSTUpdated On: Feb 28 2014 10:03:13 PM CST
For the first time since emails linked his office to the decision to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to take questions from Garden State residents Monday night.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has also accused the Christie administration of threatening to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid unless she lent her support for a redevelopment project.
Here are the top 13 things you should know about Chris Christie.
1. Christopher James Christie was born on Sept. 6, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey.
2. Christie grew up in a Roman Catholic household run by his Sicilian mother Sondra Christie and Irish father Bill Christie.
3. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks next to his family after winning a second term on Nov. 5, 2013.
4. Christie was an attorney at Dughi, Hewitt & Palatucci law firm from 1987-2002.
5. While serving as the U.S. attorney for New Jersey (2002-2008), Christie prosecuted over 130 public officials for corruption. He was elected Republican Governor of New Jersey in January 2010.
6. Christie is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and claims to have been to over 100 of his performances.
7. Christie is estimated to weigh around 350 lbs. and secretly underwent lap band surgery in February 2013 to help control his weight.
8. In one particularly noteworthy TV appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," Christie pulled out a donut and started eating it mid-interview as a way to show his good sportsmanship about Letterman's frequent weight jokes.
9. Christie is a long-term opponent of gay marriage, but he recently dropped legal efforts to block same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
10. When James Gandolfini died unexpectedly in June 2013, Christie ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on New Jersey state buildings out of respect for the New Jersey actor.
11. Public sector unions regard Christie as a pariah after he cut the pay and pensions of police, firefighters and teachers. One teachers' union leader suggested he wanted to see Christie dead in a bad joke memo that backfired on the union.
13. In January 2014, Christie's administration came under fire amid allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams on the country's busiest bridge last year as part of a political vendetta against a city mayor. Closures at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. caused major traffic delays and also potentially delayed emergency services, endangering people's lives.
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