Christopher James 'Chris' Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician who is the 55th and current Governor of New Jersey, serving since 2010. A member of the Republican Party, Christie became the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in 12 years. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Christie is the graduate of the University of Delaware and Seton Hall University School of Law. In 1987 Christie worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected as a Freeholder of Morris County, New Jersey, where he served from 1995 to 1998. In 1998 Christie registered as a lobbyist, working for the legal representation firm Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci. President George W. Bush appointed Christie as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2002, serving in that position until his resignation 2008.