New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie was born in Paoli, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate student, and later received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Seton Hall University. She most recently worked as a Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co.
Mrs. Christie and her husband, Governor Chris Christie, met in college and have been married since 1986. They, along with their four children – Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget – are proud to call Mendham, New Jersey home.
As a wife, mother, and successful businesswoman, Mrs. Christie provides a unique and fresh perspective to the role of New Jersey First Lady. Mrs. Christie heads three non-profit organizations – New Jersey Heroes, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Drumthwacket Foundation – and works tirelessly to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding aspects of the New Jersey community.
Mrs. Christie launched New Jersey Heroes in 2010. The organization’s mission is to recognize, celebrate, and promote the Heroes of New Jersey who inspire fellow New Jerseyans to give back to their community.To date, Mrs. Christie has raised $1 million dollars for NJ Heroes and has awarded 35 heroes across the state.
In addition to her work with New Jersey Heroes, Mrs. Christie serves as the chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, an organization she founded in 2012 in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Relief Fund raises and distributes funds to other non-profit groups active in the state’s long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. To date, the Relief Fund has distributed over $37 million in grants and has assisted thousands of individuals who were negatively impacted by the storm.
Mrs. Christie also made it her goal to turn Drumthwacket, the official Governor’s Residence in New Jersey, into a point of pride for all New Jerseyans. Through her work as President of the Drumthwacket Foundation, Mrs. Christie has helped to restore and enhance this historic home and its grounds. Drumthwacket features modern artwork by local artists and is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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