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2014 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
The 55th governor of the State of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie took office on Jan. 19, 2010. Now in his second term, he has drawn national attention for taking on the biggest, toughest challenges facing the state with real solutions and bipartisan cooperation.
A lifelong New Jerseyan who was raised in Livingston, Christie has focused his efforts on restoring fiscal integrity and accountability to state and local government; combatting New Jersey’s property taxes, which are highest in the nation; reforming the state’s pension and health benefits systems; and changing public education so that every child has access to a quality education.
He fought for -- and achieved -- passage of a 2-percent cap on property taxes, landmark public employee pension and health benefit reforms that will save taxpayers over $130 billion over the next 30 years, three balanced budgets that did not raise taxes, and $2.35 billion in job-creating tax cuts.
A graduate of the University of Delaware, Christie attended Seton Hall University School of Law, earning his law degree in 1987.
In 2002, he was named U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, making him the chief federal law enforcement officer in the state. In that role, he drew national attention for his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and environmental polluters.