You know that Chris Christie is this week’s golden boy, the so-called salvation for the 2012 GOP ticket — even though the New Jersey governor says over and over that he’s not running. You know that he’s, um, hefty because every late-night comedian has a fat joke about him. What else? Here’s everything else about Christie you need to know:
• Christie, 49, has been married to college sweetheart Mary Pat Foster for 25 years. They met at the University of Delaware, where she succeeded him as student government president. Mary Pat, now 48, was an investment banker at Cantor Fitzgerald until shortly after the 9/11 attacks (she worked two blocks away from the Twin Towers), and recently went back to the firm part-time.
• They have four children: Andrew, 18; Sarah, 15; Patrick, 11; and Bridget, 8. The governor took some heat in June, when he took a state helicopter from Trenton to see Andrew’s baseball game. (Christie then flew to Princeton for dinner with a group of rich Iowa donors who want him to run for president.) Big sports household, we’re told: Sarah plays softball and soccer, Patrick is into baseball and hockey, Bridget likes gymnastics and softball. No pets.
• After he took office in January 2010, Christie decided not to move his family into Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, because it would uproot his kids. The family lives in Mendham, a town about 35 miles away.
• He’s a huge Bruce Springsteen fan since his teen years; boasts he’s been to 125 shows. Favorite song: “Thunder Road,” not “Born to Run,” haha. You’d think the two Jersey boys would be likethis . . . but no. Springsteen declined Christie’s request to play at the inauguration and has criticized the governor’s policies. Christie shrugged it off: “Bruce is liberal,” he told Diane Sawyer. “Doesn’t mean I like him any less. But you know, Bruce believes that we should be raising taxes all the time on everyone to do all the things that he’d like to see government do.”
• But Christie rather dislikes “Jersey Shore.” “Take them back. We don’t want them,” he said earlier this year. On Monday, he vetoed the “Snooki Subsidy” — $420,000 in tax credits for MTV. “As chief executive, I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens,” he wrote to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Big blow to the state’s tan-and-drink lobby.
• Christie is a Mets fan (baseball is the former catcher’s favorite sport); he also watches Jets and Giants games. (Andrew and Sarah root for the Jets; Patrick is a Giants fan, we’re told.) As a family, they like to watch “American Idol.”
• Exactly how much does he weigh? Don’t go there — the governor’s office doesn’t.