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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 state’s ballooning defic 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 state’s 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 Christie’s 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 governor’s 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 Christie’s 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 state’s 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.


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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 state’s ballooning defic 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 state’s 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 Christie’s 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 governor’s 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 Christie’s 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 state’s 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.

30 review for Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura Cobrinik

    "Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power," by Bob Tingle was a fun read for me...I'm sure that I liked this book so much because I knew one of the key players who inspired Governor Christie to leave his "friends" in Local Politics at the "Freeholder" level in Morris County, NJ. In the first chapter when it was mentioned that Chris Christie left the Freeholder position to fun for Governor because he "wanted to get away from Doug Cabana's [another Freeholder] bullying, I actually lau "Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power," by Bob Tingle was a fun read for me...I'm sure that I liked this book so much because I knew one of the key players who inspired Governor Christie to leave his "friends" in Local Politics at the "Freeholder" level in Morris County, NJ. In the first chapter when it was mentioned that Chris Christie left the Freeholder position to fun for Governor because he "wanted to get away from Doug Cabana's [another Freeholder] bullying, I actually laughed out loud. Having gone through grade school and high school with Freeholder Doug Cabana and having grown up in the same neighborhood where our properties touched at one corner--I understood that "Doug could be a bully," however that was what he was like in 7th and 8th grade. At that age who isn't a bully. But time has changed that. After I graduated college, and after Doug graduated from Law School, he was no longer a bully! When seeing him around town, he was always polite and charming, and friendly. I actually admired his strength to say that he owed his degree to his tutors...admitting that he overcame the struggles of school. A well respected Freeholder now, I often say when Governor Christie bullied NJ residents by flaunting his power, getting to the airport during a "snow emergency" because he promised his kids a vacation at Disney World; using a state helicopter to see his son's high school baseball game (a trip the taxpayers had to pay for), sitting on a beach in one of the state parks when there was a Government shutdown during a heat wave when the people of New Jersey were not permitted on the beaches, and the taking of the teacher's and other state employees hard-earned pensions away from them--that was Chris Christie's way of bullying...Since I could not imagine Freeholder Cabana "bullying" his constituents in that manner I have to think that Christie was the bully...and that was during the very beginning of Governor Christie's term....When it comes to politics I'm not sure who to believe, but when I meet Freeholder Cabana I can guarantee that he was not the bully...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Solomeno

    "Chris Christie: The Inside Story of his Rise to Power" by Bob Ingle and Michael Symons is an interesting chronicle of the former New Jersey Governor and onetime presidential contender's early to middle years. Published in 2012, months before Hurricane Sandy defined Christie's governorship and catapulted him to a landslide re-election, the book offers a backstory of how a washed up county politician managed to grab the brass ring of America's most powerful governorship. Ingle is a conservative m "Chris Christie: The Inside Story of his Rise to Power" by Bob Ingle and Michael Symons is an interesting chronicle of the former New Jersey Governor and onetime presidential contender's early to middle years. Published in 2012, months before Hurricane Sandy defined Christie's governorship and catapulted him to a landslide re-election, the book offers a backstory of how a washed up county politician managed to grab the brass ring of America's most powerful governorship. Ingle is a conservative media personality who rose to prominence as a critic of New Jersey's political culture. Symons is a respected journalist and astute observer of that same culture. To this reader, at times the book presented its subject in too favorable a light (i.e., portrayal of Christie's battle with public employee unions). Nonetheless, it is a useful, interesting account of how Chris Christie persisted, played the game, and succeeded.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Book was good at times. I know he is a politician, but I didn't realize the book would delve into such boring political drivel. Book was good at times. I know he is a politician, but I didn't realize the book would delve into such boring political drivel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    “Straightforward.” That’s how his own father describes his son, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “What you see is what you get.” That’s how Christie describes himself. Authors Bob Ingle and Michael Symons characterize the blunt talking Christie as “a guy whose national profile was built in part on scorching reporters and teachers, then posting the videos online, whose idea of compromise involves extracting concessions from Democrats on issues important to him but not giving an inch on their a “Straightforward.” That’s how his own father describes his son, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “What you see is what you get.” That’s how Christie describes himself. Authors Bob Ingle and Michael Symons characterize the blunt talking Christie as “a guy whose national profile was built in part on scorching reporters and teachers, then posting the videos online, whose idea of compromise involves extracting concessions from Democrats on issues important to him but not giving an inch on their agenda.” How would you describe that? Does “tyrannical” come to mind? How about “egotistical?” Maybe even “divisive?” Does “hypocritical” work here? In this autobiography, Ingle and Symons trace Christie’s political career, from an early role as a Morris County freeholder, a later failed attempt at an Assembly seat, a presidential nomination as U.S. attorney, to his current gubernatorial post with rumblings about a future role in the White House. On October 4, 2011, Christie formally took himself out of the 2012 presidential sweepstakes. He’s since indicated he will make his future political intentions known after the “current political season is over.” Whatever Christie ultimately decides, from his flip flopping on abortion, to his position on gun control, to his wars with teacher unions and beyond, there’s a lot of ammunition documented here which his political enemies could use to try to thwart those career plans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    The book is basically an infomercial for Christie's presidential campaign. Christie has has strong political ambitions since childhood. It is a good review of both his good points and what would be considered by professional politicians as his minor sins. A read for anyone who wants more input on the background of Christie but like any biography of a political politician, read with a grain of salt. The book is basically an infomercial for Christie's presidential campaign. Christie has has strong political ambitions since childhood. It is a good review of both his good points and what would be considered by professional politicians as his minor sins. A read for anyone who wants more input on the background of Christie but like any biography of a political politician, read with a grain of salt.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beryl

    Book was very interesting, much of what have heard over the years as have listened to the reporter, Bob Ingle over the radio. Did enjoy learning about Chris Christie's earlier childhood and his life growing up. Lots of details in the book and a good reference book if certain information was needed on his life. I am more into fiction books at the moment so found it harder to take all the details. Book was very interesting, much of what have heard over the years as have listened to the reporter, Bob Ingle over the radio. Did enjoy learning about Chris Christie's earlier childhood and his life growing up. Lots of details in the book and a good reference book if certain information was needed on his life. I am more into fiction books at the moment so found it harder to take all the details.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Betty Bell

    I found this a very interesting book. I've always enjoyed the entertainment value of people like our Governor. Examining his history as a US Attoney and his relationships with colleagues and family made for a quick read. It was sometimes diffecult keeping track of the various people who played a role in his political career but always interesting. I found this a very interesting book. I've always enjoyed the entertainment value of people like our Governor. Examining his history as a US Attoney and his relationships with colleagues and family made for a quick read. It was sometimes diffecult keeping track of the various people who played a role in his political career but always interesting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Martin

    it's more a newspaper account of the things he has done without getting his beliefs and motives. I'd say it is not an endorsement by the authors as some have said on Goodreads. it's more a newspaper account of the things he has done without getting his beliefs and motives. I'd say it is not an endorsement by the authors as some have said on Goodreads.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    More like a 3.75. It was good, informative. I always prefer autobiographies, but this was a good biography.Illuminating.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    It was very interesting in the beginning and end but like a lot of biographies the middle didn't hold my attention. It was very interesting in the beginning and end but like a lot of biographies the middle didn't hold my attention.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brendan mcgrath

    Interesting, but very soft

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Interesting book about a very interesting guy. Chris Christie definitely tells it like it is in every situation that he is in....maybe more politicians should be as honest as he is each day.

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    Cathi

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    Bforrest90

  27. 4 out of 5

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